Factsheet for case SE-2020-25/1151 – measures in Sweden
|Country||Sweden , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 15 June 2020 – 01 October 2020|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Well-being of workers
|Author||Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Case created||17 September 2020 (updated 22 September 2020)|
AFA Insurance is owned by the social partners. The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) and the Council for Negotiation and Cooperation (PTK). AFA provides insurance for employees in the private sector as well as the public sector, i.e. municipalities and regions. The operations within AFA Insurance are run on a non-profit basis, which means that dividends are not paid to the owners. The AFA insurances are determined in collective agreements or other agreements between the social partners.
AFA has a large research and development unit which conducts research on issues work environment and health issues. Within the framework of AFA Insurance's research areas work environment and health, the social partners are now investing in research that will investigate how the ongoing spread of COVID-19 affects working life and health from different perspectives.
So far 18 projects have been granted research funding to find out more about the effects of COVID-19 on work environment and health. AFA Insurance accepts applications within the framework of the COVID-19 call until 1 October 2020.
Only academics conducting research on research institutes and universities are eligible for the grant. The projects accepted to this day have received between SEK 1 and 5 million in grant (€100,000-500,000).
An example of a project that have received funding is a project at the Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute. It is about how bus drivers' work environment and health have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project has received about SEK 3.2 million (€320,000). The project includes regional public transport authorities and bus operators to provide a broader picture of drivers' work situation and experiences during the pandemic.
AFA Insurance invests approximately SEK 150 million (€15 million) annually in research and development aimed at preventing ill health and occupational injuries in both private business and municipalities and regions.
18 projects have been granted research funding to find out more about the effects of COVID-19 on work environment and health.
|Applies to all workers||Applies to all businesses||Applies to all citizens|
Company / Companies
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:
Within the framework of AFA Insurance's research areas work environment and health, the social partners are now investing in research that will investigate how the ongoing spread of COVID-19 affects working life and health from different perspectives. 18 projects are now being granted research funding to find out more about the effects of COVID-19 in these areas.
The social partner's views are supportive.
Eurofound (2020), Social partners-run insurance funds research on how COVID-19 affects the work environment, health and leadership, case SE-2020-25/1151 (measures in Sweden), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.