After criticisms from the leader of the Social Democrat, Stefan
Löfven,the director general of the Swedish Employment Service, Angeles
Bermudez-Svankvist, forced to leave
Sunday, 25 August 2013
The leader of the Social democrats had hit hard on the government for
being quite despite heavy loose of confidence in the leadership and the
job of the director general of the Swedish employment service,
Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist. After an emergency meeting on Sunday
morning, she had been pressured to resign by the Minister of Labour
Minister Hillevi Engström
"Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist quits her role as manager with immediate
effect," said Hillevi Engström at the press conference on Sunday
A new acting Director General becomes Clas Olsson, who until now served as Deputy Director General.
Employment Minister Hillevi Engström has previously declined to comment
on the turmoil surrounding the Employment Service's General Manager,
Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist but today came the announcement that she
Engström would not want to go into the circumstances which led to
Bermudez-Svankvist to be forced out of office but she said: "We have
made an overall assessment of the situation and the current situation
is unsustainable." But also pointed out that recent revelations had
made her operations and management hard.
"I want to emphasize that this is not about phone bills," says Hillevi
Engström (pictured above), who argues that the decision is based on a
This comes after reports by the tabloid paper, Aftonbladet
recently held that they had seen documents which suggested that
Bermudez-Svankvist had racked up Skr300,000 in mobile phone data use
charges on her work phone.
As Swedish unemployment continue to remain high and having a job in
Sweden looking more like a privilege rather that a right, the Swedish
employment service which supposed to assisting both jobs seekers and
companies linked up to arrange work programs has been determined by
many as failed.
As such the director general, Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist, lost
confidence from the board of directors of the organisation and it was
expected that the government would dismiss her. But the government
failed until today and that has not gone out well with the media and
now the Social Democrats.
The party leader, Stefan Löfven, either driven by political reasons or
for his concern about the large number of unemployed in the country on
one side, and the inefficiency of a public institution on the other has
gone on the attack accusing the government is "sneaking away."
The board of directors of the Swedish Employment Service declared on
Friday that it no longer had any confidence in Bermudez-Svankvist, who
had received harsh criticism from trade unions, employees, and managers
at the agency.
But the government - which owns the control over Bermudez-Svankvist
(pictured above) decided not to replace her immediately with someone
who would motivate the organisation to improve on the working of the
Swedish job market.
One of several reasons why the board lost confidence in
Bermudez-Svankvist is criticism of external companies that the
employment services hired to help the unemployed find work. It emerged
that these companies had no competence in giving job market trainings
to the unemployed and made job seekers to engage in more or less
Swedish television, one of the state owned organisations that keeps on
puncturing the state itself, carried out a study, which showed that one
company that was commissioned to train job seekers on job seeking
techniques and which had been criticised and which employment
service had said it had terminated their contract, emerged to
been given more contracts.
This company had no clue as to helping people into the job market and
could not justify why they were receiving the huge funding for doing
According to Swedish television the employment services has signed 45 new contracts with the company in 35 locations.
by Scancomark.com Team