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Sweden – Job agency hit with second huge phone bill in six months

24 March 2014

An employee at Sweden’s public employment agency (Arbetfӧrmedlingen) managed to rack up SEK 115,000 (€12,950) in mobile phone roaming charges while abroad on holiday, reports thelocal.se. This is the second time in just six months that an employee of Arbetfӧrmedlingen has accrued a substantial phone bill. The previous incident resulted in the dismissal of the Director General of the agency, following a slew of similar incidents.

The staff member has been reported to the agency's disciplinary team despite his claims that he was working at the time. The man currently works as an employment advisor but has some international commitments. He has claimed that he felt compelled to keep in touch with his contacts via email while away on holiday, sustaining the huge roaming charges. 

The agency's former Director General, Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist, was sacked in August 2013 describing her position as "untenable" following, among other things, reports that she had racked up a SEK 300,000 (€33,800) mobile phone bill.  

Ms Bermudez-Svankvist argued at that she was "angry" that the agency's IT department had not enabled a cap on surcharges for data roaming while abroad.

It is unknown at present what action will be taken by Arbetfӧrmedlingen regarding this most recent incident.

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