Swedish unions, why do we suck?

Outside of Sweden, people are often impressed by the fact that a majority of Swedish employees are unionized and work under collective agreements. But Swedish unions’ ability to defend workers’ interests is declining, argues Rasmus Hästbacka, showing that high union density is no guarantee of strength or militancy.

Let’s find alternatives to striking

Rasmus Hästbacka and Kristian Falk of the Swedish syndicalist union SAC argue for a third path between the “consensus fundamentalism” of mainstream labor bureaucracy, and a “fixation on strikes” among the grassroots, namely re-learning how to build pressure within the workplace.