The Swedish Ghent system and trade unions under pressure

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The Swedish Ghent system and trade unions under pressure. / Kjellberg, Anders.

In: Transfer - European Review of Labour and Research, Vol. 15, No. 3-4, 2009, p. 481-504.

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T1 - The Swedish Ghent system and trade unions under pressure

AU - Kjellberg, Anders

N1 - <a href=http://www.soc.lu.se/anders-kjellberg>Anders Kjellbergs hemsida</a> </br> </br> <a href=http://www.etui-rehs.org/research/publications/regular_publications/transfer>Transfers hemsida här</a> resp. <a href=http://trs.sagepub.com>här</a> <br> <a href=http://trs.sagepub.com/current.dtl>Länk till nr 3-4 2009</a>

PY - 2009

Y1 - 2009

N2 - In January 2007 the Swedish centre-right government in office since September 2006 raised considerably fees for union unemployment funds. Union membership (fund membership included) therefore suddenly became much more expensive. Trade unions lost 8% of their members over two years and union density fell by 6 percentage points (from 77% in 2006 to 71% in 2008), while unemployment funds were hit by a still larger decline. In 2008, fund fees were more closely linked to the rate of unemployment among the members of each fund. The result was a marked social polarisation of fund fees, in 2009 further sharpened by accelerating unemployment. In addition to describing the consequences of the government policy, this article discusses the ambition of the government to influence wage formation by remodelling the Swedish Ghent system.

AB - In January 2007 the Swedish centre-right government in office since September 2006 raised considerably fees for union unemployment funds. Union membership (fund membership included) therefore suddenly became much more expensive. Trade unions lost 8% of their members over two years and union density fell by 6 percentage points (from 77% in 2006 to 71% in 2008), while unemployment funds were hit by a still larger decline. In 2008, fund fees were more closely linked to the rate of unemployment among the members of each fund. The result was a marked social polarisation of fund fees, in 2009 further sharpened by accelerating unemployment. In addition to describing the consequences of the government policy, this article discusses the ambition of the government to influence wage formation by remodelling the Swedish Ghent system.

KW - union unemployment funds

KW - Ghent system

KW - wage formation

KW - coverage of collective agreements

KW - LO

KW - trade union

KW - union density

KW - density of employers' associations

KW - TCO

KW - industrial relations

KW - Saco

M3 - Article

VL - 15

SP - 481

EP - 504

JO - Transfer

JF - Transfer

SN - 1024-2589

IS - 3-4

ER -