The government has seen at first hand the serious impact that the trade union dispute at APM Terminals Gothenburg is having on Swedish imports and exports. During a visit to Gothenburg on May 23, Minister for Employment and Integration Ylva Johansson announced that the government intends to review legislation relating to industrial disputes.
In a press release from the Ministry of Employment it was stated: “The Swedish model is founded on mutual trust between employers and trade unions and that all the parties concerned assume joint responsibility for ensuring that the model works as it was originally intended. The sustained industrial action at the Port of Gothenburg is an example of a situation where the Swedish model is not functioning adequately as it would appear that the parties on the labour market are unable to resolve the issue of which organisation should sign a collective agreement.”
A special representative has been appointed to review the rules governing industrial action in a situation where the employer is already bound by a collective agreement or where the reason for taking industrial action is not solely to bring about a collective agreement.