Workers’ Party (Sweden)
The Workers’ Party (Arbetarpartiet) is a Socialist political party in Sweden. It was founded in 2010, when almost the entire Vasterbotten County section of the Socialist Justice Party (RS) broke off ahead of the 2010 general election. It adopted the name Rattvisepartiet Socialisterna enhetslista for jobb – mot nedskarningar (Socialist Justice Party Unity list for jobs – against cutbacks) for its party list. In early 2011, it was renamed the Workers’ Party. It currently holds two seats in the municipal assembly of Umea (since 2014). The Workers’ Party publishes the New Workers’ Journal (Nya Arbetartidningen).
The party labels itself democratic socialist. The goal is to participate in building a new workers’ party that struggles for democratic control over the financial institutions and corporations that direct the economy.
Party members have a history of conducting policies that benefit workers employed in public services such as healthcare and elderly care. Elderly care workers and party members cooperated in organising four waves of warning strikes against cutbacks in 2000, 2001 and 2005.
Since the 2010 elections, a regular part in the party’s policies has been to push for the need for investment in green industrial production.