Labour law and work environment concern the conditions and circumstances in working life the area also includes issues concerning wage formation and mediation in labour disputes fair conditions and a good working environment are prerequisites for high productivity in the swedish economy which is distinguished by high labour force . Swedish employment contracts are generally governed not only by various employment legislation and contract law but also supplemented by collective agreements relevant to a specific industry for example there is no law governing minimum wage in sweden. Swedish labour law is to a large extent governed by mandatory law it is thus not possible for an employer to apply conditions more disadvantageous to an employee than certain mandatory rules set out by written law the purpose of this booklet is to provide a general overview of certain relevant aspects of swedish labour law. Sweden is generally governed by the civil law tradition and within employment law swedish legislation aims in some ways to resemble that of other nordic countries eu law has with few exceptions been rapidly implemented in the swedish legal system. Comparisons in labor law sweden and the united states clyde summerst the labor movements in the united states and sweden have appar ent striking similarities and differences in this article professor sum mers examines the collective bargaining statutes the status of the union as
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