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Sweden – Staffing firm “cheated” employees

23 January 2012

Another staffing firm in Scandinavia has ended up in the spotlight over an agency scandal. Swedish recruitment firm, Uniflex, has been accused of having offered employees fictional assignments to avoid paying a guaranteed salary to which they are legally enitled, reports the Swedish newspaper Echo

Agency staff in Sweden who are without a job are entitled to a guaranteed basic salary that the staffing agency has to pay for. The only exception to this rule is when employees turn down a job in which case they lose their entitlement to the basic salary. Uniflex is being accused of offering its employees non-existing jobs that they then declined to accept. By doing so the employees were no longer eligible to receive their basic salary.

The newspaper has spoken to several Uniflex staff members who lost their guaranteed salary in such cases. Uniflex is also alleged to have offered employees jobs that were outside their residential zone, something which also led some employees at the firm to turn down a job offer. 

Uniflex now admits that one staff member who was responsible for these tactics has been redeployed and claims to have taken action to compensate staff. 

“We have redeployed the person who did this because it's completely unacceptable behaviour,” said the CEO of Uniflex Jan Bengtsson in an interview with Echo

Meanwhile the Swedish radio station Sveriges Radio claims that Uniflex is not the only staffing firm in the country to use such strategies.

Uniflex, which was ranked fourth in Staffing Industry Analysts ranking of Swedish staffing firms, employs about 3,500 staff in 36 offices. The company specialises in industrial, construction, warehouse, transport & logistics and commercial/office sectors. The firm has recently opened a new office in Manchester, UK. 

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