The Ministry of Labour is now reviewing the views of the report of the Trade Unions and Employers` Commission, as well as other organisations and authorities, and plans to present a bill to Parliament in May 1998. If leasing companies continue to occupy an even larger share of the labour market and expand their activities to new economic sectors, labour unions will be forced to decide how they collectively negotiate for new workers. The trade union confederation LO will not accept that more and more workers are not covered by collective agreements and is working on a solution for the whole territory. It will be some time before the unions decide how to deal with the issue. (Jonas Bergstrom, NIWL) Another problem with the collective agreement system is that only a national union signs an agreement for all workers in a company, namely the union that organizes the management of the company`s core activities. A cleaning agent on a construction site is covered by the agreement on construction workers, while cleaning officers in a mechanical industry receive wages and working conditions governed by the agreement for the mechanical industry signed by the metalworkers` union (Metallindustriarbearbeef-rbundt) and the Association of Swedish Mechanical Engineering Industries (Verkstadsf-reningen). The near-total absence of collective agreements for the leasing of workers other than office and financial administration personnel means that large groups of workers in the leasing sector are either without a collective agreement or covered by a collective agreement other than that which covers the other workers of the client company. In other words, people who write the same work in the same workplace may have very different wages and working conditions. The above shows once again how important it is to clearly distinguish between different forms of labour relations. It is important to make a conscious decision and apply the right rules.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment recently published a guide examining the distinction between public procurement and labour supply, such as secondment and payroll.