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A union representative was assaulted in a mafia-style attack in his own home and forced to withdraw demands his union had made against an employment agency in Stockholm over ‘labour disputes’, the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet writes this week. When contacted by Staffing Industry Analysts, the newspaper said it knew the name of the staffing firm involved but has decided not to publish it.
The story has unsurprisingly caused a stir in Sweden. It is reported that the union representative was targeted by a criminal gang and severely beaten by six people. The union had earlier negotiated with the unnamed staffing firm over serious allegations against the firm, which included invalid layoffs, salary requirements and loss of pay and holiday leave.
The union representative was forced at knifepoint to call the employment agency and withdraw all the demands the union had made against it. The newspaper writes that the leader of the gang is related to the owner of the staffing firm. The attackers also demanded almost €60,000 from the union representative.
The union, SAC-Syndikalisterna (Central Organisation of The Workers), has called for urgent action from the Government and the police, saying the assault had been an attack against the entire trade union movement in Sweden. The staffing firm did not comment to the newspaper.