Opinions on Unions and Work Part 5 year 2011

Organisational issues The fifth report in the series “Opinions on unions and work” deals with freedom and privileges at work as well as perceived class identity.

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Freedom at work

LO members generally enjoy less freedom at work than members of the other two Swedish confederations: TCO (The Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees) and Saco, (The Confederation of Professional Associations).

This applies to freedom as regards the performance of work and working hours, to take some time off, or private life. For instance, only 37 per cent of the members of LO affiliated unions have the privilege of choosing the work tasks for the next hour, whereas the corresponding figures for members of TCO and Saco unions are 66 per cent and 69 per cent respectively.

Similarly, a considerably lower number of LO members – 37 per cent - have flexible working hours, as compared to TCO and Saco members – 70 per cent and 82 per cent respectively.