Members of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (RS), the Swedish section of
the Committee for a Workers’ International, are celebrating spectacular
gains in the general election held on 15 September 2002. In the two most
populous cities in northern Sweden, RS now has five city councillors (up
from two in 1998).
The council workers’ strike in Sweden has the support of 84 per cent of
the population according to opinion polls. Low paid, mainly women
workers in hospitals, schools and childcare are fighting for wage
increases of 5.5 per cent. But even a much lower offer from the
mediators was turned down by the employers in...
The elections in September 2002 took place during a period of big
changes in Sweden. The third government of Göran Persson, the Social
Democratic party leader, will act in a completly different situation
than in 1998-2002.