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Sweden – Eurovision recruiter criticised

21 March 2013

A Swedish staffing firm involved in the supply of personnel for the European song contest Eurovision has come under criticism for using “slave contracts” for its contracted workers, local newspaper Aftonbladet reports today.

The firm Stagefright earlier had won a contract to provide workers to the Eurovision contest which will be hosted in Malmö later this year. The workers are mainly contracted to help build the stage for the event.

One prospective worker told the newspaper that she had left a meeting with the company when finding out about the allegedly poor working conditions. The worker described the proposed employment agreements as “slave contracts.”

But the staffing firm denied the claims of badly treating their workers who take home a net salary of around €102 (SEK 850) for a 12-hour shift. The CEO of the firm, Mikael Jakobsson, said that pay was competitive as the company also provides lunch and dinner, and pays for accommodation.

Employees have nonetheless complained about working conditions, claiming they were asked to work long shifts on a daily basis, something that would violate the working hours act. But  Stagefright said the claims were not true and that information had been distorted. The CEO said that workers had to be available to work shifts for the period from 28 April to 29 May, but were not asked to work permanently in this period. 

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