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Factsheet for case SE-2020-25/1151 – measures in Sweden

Social partners-run insurance funds research on how COVID-19 affects the work environment, health and leadership

Ny forskning om hur covid-19 påverkar arbetsmiljö, hälsa och ledarskap

Country Sweden , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 15 June 2020 – 01 October 2020
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category 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)

Background information

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.

Content of measure

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.

Use of measure

18 projects have been granted research funding to find out more about the effects of COVID-19 on work environment and health.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
Company / Companies
Employers organisation
Trade union

Social partners

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:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

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.

Views and reactions

The social partner's views are supportive.

Sources

Citation

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.