The Challenge for Labour Law in Europe
Edited by Jeff Kenner, Izabela Florczak and Marta Otto
Chapter 6: Precarity of new forms of employment under Swedish labour law
The precarious employment types growing most rapidly in Sweden are on-call with zero hour contracts, umbrella organizations and crowdwork in the gig economy. In the Swedish binary system, those in precarious work often fall between the regulations for employees and those for the self-employed. Both the legislator and the social partners in Sweden work with these problems in the field of employee protection and social security to improve the conditions for precarious workers. The aim of the chapter is to analyse the consequences of the legal system for precarious workers. The focus is on working protection for self-employed and short fixed term employees in the labour legislation and collective agreements and the impact of the Swedish attempt to improve conditions for precarious workers within the Swedish model, where the collective agreement is the most important regulatory instrument of wages and working conditions.
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