The Rut Government committee SOU 2020: 5 suggests that households should be able to make Rut deductions even when laundry is handed over to an external laundry facility. The grid deduction is expected to increase demand for laundry services and lead to the households’ own work at home with laundry to some extent being converted into market work. This is expected to lead to increased labor supply among the buyers and to increased employment in the laundry industry.
Half of the industry’s costs are payroll costs and an increased turnover thus generates results in the form of more employees. The laundry and textile service industry has great potential for new jobs and, not least, being able to offer so-called entry jobs.
Tvätteriförbundet is the Swedish textile service industry’s organization and represents members regardless of ownership, be it county council / region, state, municipality, large international groups and family-owned businesses.
The industry employs many young people, many without completed education and many who are born abroad. About one third of the employees in the industry’s dominant occupational group have a maximum of primary education and a quarter have a maximum of two years of upper secondary education. The persons in the occupational group are largely born abroad, 46 percent outside Sweden.
In this context, the Rut committee is important for generating jobs that provide an entry ticket to the labor market. The industry is a good integration engine.
The diversity of education level and experience in the laundries create a natural basis for knowledge and experience exchange. To strengthen the professional skills Tvätteriförbundet is now working on a cross-border digital education project – Digital Learning For The Textile Care Sector. It is co-financed by the EU program Erasmus + and is run together with colleagues in Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic and the European partner organization ETSA and together with the educational institute Heureka.
Collaboration for More Entry Jobs
In addition to Rut, we see the potential for more jobs by giving more employees in care operations, for hygiene and equality reasons, free work clothes. We also believe that volumes with personal clothes in the municipalities will increase. Tvätteriförbundet therefore appreciates an increased dialogue with Sweden’s municipalities for job initiatives that at the same time relieves staff within the home service and provides savings both for the client and the environment.
Jan Kluge, Chairman, Sveriges Tvätteriförbund
Tor-Björn Angin, Vice Chairman, Sveriges Tvätteriförbund