Eurovision 2012 was ridden with human rights issues. When Sweden won last year, we all assumed the drama would be over. Then we heard we’d be going to crime-ridden Malmo. And now we’re hearing allegations that SVT has hired a stage construction company that exploits its workers.
That’s right people. Swedish Radio has broken a hot story that alleges underpaid workers suffering in a country renowned as a socialist paradise.
According to the report, SVT hired Stage Fright to construct the stage in Malmo’s high-school gymnasium-turned-arena (pictured at top). President Mikael Jacobsson met with his worker slaves after winning the contract and informed them that they would be slaving away 12 hours/day, 20 days in a row, for a measly 800 kronor (about 85 EUR a day). In Sweden, 800 kronor don’t go too far, people!
Kikki Granat is one of 20 workers boycotting the project. “We questioned Mikael’s ridiculously low wages and why he isn’t following laws and rules. He became angry, pointed at the door, and asked us to go.” And go they did, hoping to make a splash in the media. Unfortunately, with a good number of replacement workers readily available Kikki will instead be kiki’ing it at home with his family and a bowl of soup if she’s lucky.
Johan Bernhagen, the director of ESC on SVT, has defended working conditions, saying that existing contracts comply with all regulations. Jacobsson, who says he runs a “serious business,” texted Swedish Radio to say he was too busy to take another interview.
What do you think? Should SVT take more responsibility for the working conditions of their suppliers? Or should we do Eurovision 2013 Baku-style and exploit away??!!