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Factsheet for measure SE-2016-14/1154 – measures in Sweden
|Country||Sweden , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 April 2016|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Well-being of workers
|Author||Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||17 September 2020 (updated 23 September 2020)|
Suntarbetsliv (healthy working life) is a bipartite project which was created as a result of the last round of collective agreement negotiations, in 2016, when the social partners asked for more focus on sustainable working conditions. The partners are all employer organisations and trade unions with members in the public sector, more specifically in the municipal and regional sector.
The purpose of Suntarbetsliv is to work for sustainable working conditions and long-term good health. This is done by gathering knowledge about preventive, health-promoting and rehabilitative measures against occupational injuries and by making the knowledge available to everyone in the municipal and regional sector.
During the pandemic Suntarbetsliv have focused on the work environment of the employees and the impact of COVID-19. The project is offering support to employers and employees in how to best tackle the pandemic, via checklists, research, tips, articles that shares knowledge etc. An example is how to conduct a risk assessment of COVID-19, where a checklist is used to examine the impact of COVID-19 on the work environment. The checklist contains questions about how the employer handles:
The checklist is produced by the non-profit organisation Prevent, which is owned jointly by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, Swedish Trade Union Confederation LO and the Council for Negotiation and Cooperation PTK.
Over one million workers and some 1,500 employees are covered by the initiative Suntarbetsliv .
Other groups of workers
||Applies to all citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Suntarbetsliv is a bipartite project which was created as result of the last round of collective agreement negotiations, in 2016, when the social partners asked for more focus on sustainable working conditions. The partners are all employer organisations and trade unions with members in the public sector, more specifically in the municipal and regional sector.
The social partner's views on the measure is supportive.
Eurofound (2020), Practical support for employers and employee representatives to ensure a healthy working life, measure SE-2016-14/1154 (measures in Sweden), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SE-2016-14_1154.html
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