This book examines a previously scantly researched example of the negotiated
solutions for which the Swedish model of labour relations is well-known.
In Swedish labour law, the dominant position of the employment perspective has
resulted in a focus on the creation of protection against arbitrary dismissals
and the reward for long and faithful service. In contrast to other
industrialised countries, there is no financial protection in situations of
redundancy (e.g. a statutory right to receive redundancy payment) and, in the
main, employment transition has been left to the workings of the labour market
policy. These topics instead are the subject of voluntary regulation by the
social partners. Beginning in the early 1970s, a unique system of collective
agreements on employment security has evolved on the Swedish labour market.
This study charts this system of collective agreements by examining its
normative structures and relating these to the legal framework of redundancy
in Sweden (the national context). This includes an in-depth analysis of the
most influential accord, showing how its very basic stipulations are given
content through application. In order to allow for an evaluative analysis,
this Swedish contractual model is also compared to two foreign models of
regulation, namely the Japanese Employment Stabilisation Fund system and the
British redundancy payment legislation, which show diametrically different
approaches to redundancy management (the international context).
Gabriella Sebardt is a researcher at the Stockholm University
Department of Law. In addition to a Swedish Master of Laws Degree (Juris
Kandidatexamen) from the same university, she holds a Master of Science in
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of
Economics and Political Science (LSE). This work is her doctoral thesis.
Preface. Abbreviations. 1. Introduction. 2. The Legal Framework
of Redundancy in Sweden. 3. Private Sector Employment Security
Agreements. 4. The SN-PTK Agreement on Transition. 5. State
Sector Employment Security Agreements. 6. Municipal Sector Employment
Security Agreements. 7. Analysis of Redundancy in the Swedish Model.
8. Comparative Evaluation The Swedish Employment Security Agreements and
Redundancy Regulation in Japan and England & Wales. 9. Conclusion.
Summaries in Swedish and Japanese. Appendices. References. Index.