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Refugee Crisis Hits Sweden’s Rich-Poor Divide Fueling Pay Debate
Bloomberg Business – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-18/refugee-crisis-hits-sweden-s-rich-poor-divide-fueling-pay-debate
‘Decades-old practices that have propped up wages and restricted hiring have so far stopped unskilled immigrants from joining the workforce. But with some 350,000 asylum seekers, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan, set to arrive in Sweden by the end of next year, keeping all those people on state handouts rather than letting them do low-paid jobs looks untenable.’
The Swedish System of Government
‘In Sweden, general elections are held every four years, with the last one held in September 2014. Around 7 million people are entitled to vote and thereby influence which political party will represent them in the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament), county councils and municipalities. People can also influence Swedish politics in other ways – by taking part in referendums, joining a political party or commenting on reports presented by the Government.’
Sweden flirts with six hour work day
‘The 40 hour work week for a full-time employee has been trimmed to 30 hours at some Swedish firms, and studies have found that the result is more productivity and better morale.’