Bettina Kashefi, chief economist at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, has slammed the Social Democrats’ promise of an extra week of paid holiday for parents. Describing the proposal as “odd, almost desperate, Kashefi has said: “It’s remarkable that they are making such a promise to expand one of the Western world’s most generous parental insurance schemes. Recruitment and the skills supply are the biggest problems facing our member companies. Seventy per cent of businesses cannot find staff and [the Social Democrats] then launch a reform that will cut working hours.”
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