Several trade unions, along with the LGBTQ+ movement and various lobby groups, have joined forces to demonstrate against the government’s proposal that public sector employees should be compelled to report illegal immigrants to the police and authorities.
Among the organizers are RFSL, the National Council of Refugee Groups, the Unity Project (Tillsammansskapet) associated with the far-left intelligence group Expo, Amnesty International, and the Trade Union Teachers of Sweden (Fackförbundet Sveriges Lärare).
According to the industry magazine Us Teachers, Teachers of Sweden, in collaboration with “a number of other trade unions and organizations”, are organizing a demonstration against the reporting obligation in Stockholm on Sunday.
– The idea goes against our professional ethical principles, says Hanna Garberg from Teachers of Sweden.
– According to the curriculum, we should stand up for the Convention on the Rights of the Child and human rights, and this idea goes against our professional ethical principles. And not just ours, she further claims.
All trade unions affiliated with SACO (Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations) oppose the reporting obligation, and Garberg further believes that this “is not consistent with our democratic mission”.
– We should not get involved in immigration policy, nor is it our task to implement it, she argues.
Tillsammans med våra 21 förbund har Saco tagit ställning emot förslaget då det strider mot flera professioners yrkesetiska regler vars arbete bygger på tillit och förtroende. pic.twitter.com/5CTY2XmRkj
— Saco (@Akademikerna) September 8, 2023
The LGBTQ+ movement’s flagship organizations, RFSU and RFSL, are also among the organizers of the protests. Other organizing groups include the immigration lobby groups National Council of Refugee Groups, Association Heart (Föreningen Hjärta), Network Enough is Enough (Nätverket Nu är det nog), Network Keep Sweden Together for a Humane Immigration Policy, and the Network #notinmyname. The Unity Project (Förbundet Tillsammanskapet) is also listed as an official organizer – a group founded together with the far-left intelligence group Expo, which previously organized “anti-racist training” on their behalf.
Also listed among the organizers are Amnesty International and Civil Rights Defenders – organizations that officially work for human rights but are often criticized for practically engaging in left-leaning political activism.
Organizations behind the protests:
• Union Center for Undocumented Workers (Fackligt Center För Papperslösa)
• Rainbow Fund (Regnbågsfonden)
• Organization MEN (Organisationen MÄN)
• National Council of Refugee Groups (FARR - Flyktinggruppernas riksråd)
• Shift (Skiftet)
• Together Union (Förbundet Tillsammansskapet)
• Heart Association (Föreningen Hjärta)
• Enough is Enough Network (Nätverket Nu är det nog)
• Keep Sweden Together for Humane Immigration Policy Network (Nätverket Håll ihop Sverige för en human migrationspolitik)
• Library Does Not Report Network (Nätverket Biblioteket anger inte)
• Not In My Name Network (Nätverket #inteimittnamn)
• Swedish Teachers' Union (Fackförbundet Sveriges Lärare)
• Vision Union (Fackförbundet Vision)
• ST Union (Fackförbundet ST)
• DIK Union (Fackförbundet DIK)
• Municipal Workers' Union (Fackförbundet Kommunal)
• Nursing Union (Vårdförbundet)
• Academic Union SSR (Akademikerförbundet SSR)
• Sweden's Children and Youth Organizations (LSU - Sveriges barn- och ungdomsorganisationer)
• Save the Children's Youth Association (Rädda Barnens ungdomsförbund)
• National Student Union (Elevernas riksförbund)
• IFMSA Sweden
• Amnesty International
• Civil Rights Defenders