Swedish labour market model and collective agreements

Here is information on what the Swedish labour market model is, links to collective agreements in various industries and contact information to responsible employer- and employee-representative organisations.

The Swedish labour market model – an interaction between legislation and collective agreements

The relationship between employers and employees and their organisations is regulated in Sweden in several laws. The labour market parties can make extensive deviations from the legislation through collective agreements. A collective agreement is a written agreement on terms of employment between an employer-representative organisation or an employer and a union organisation. This may also regulate other conditions between employers and employees. The National Mediation Office has more information on the Swedish model.

 National Mediation Office website, opens in a new window

Collective agreements and contact information

As a posting employer, you can sign collective agreements with a Swedish employee-representative organisation or become a member of a Swedish employer-representative organisation and thereby become bound by a Swedish collective agreement. The employee-representative organisations have the right to take industrial action to get posting employers to sign collective agreements.

If you have questions about what wages or holiday applies for posted workers or the content of a specific collective agreement, please contact the respective organisation below.

Employer-representative organisations

Almega (employer-representative organisation for the Swedish service sector)

Almega is an employer-representative organisation that supports service companies in Sweden.

Almega website, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers IT-companies, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers, Academics' agreement - public service companies, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers, Orchestra agreement - Swedish performing arts, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers, Media companies, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collecitve agreement for posted workers, Audit and consulting, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers, Real estates, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Staffing agreement between Almega Bemanningsföretag and Unions for academics 

Grafiska företagen (The Swedish Graphic Industries' Federation)

Grafiska företagen is an employer and trade organisation for Swedish companies within the graphic and packaging industry, as well as other sectors associated with the graphic industry.

Grafiska företagen website, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers, Graphic industries, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Gröna arbetsgivare (The Swedish Federation of Green Employers)

The Swedish Federation of Green Employers, is an organisation for employers in agriculture, forestry, horticulture, landscaping, golf and animal clinics.

Gröna arbetsgivare, extern webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster

info@grona.org

Telefon: 08-762 72 40

Svensk Scenkonst (The Swedish Performing Arts Association)

Svensk Scenkonst in an employer-representative organisation within the fields of theatre, music, and dance.

Svensk Scenkonst website, opens in a new window

info@svenskscenkonst.se

Collective agreement for posted workers - Svensk Scenkonst, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Sveriges Kommuner och Regioner, SKR (The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions)

The Swedish association of local authorities and regions (SALAR) is an employer-representative organisation that represents and advocates local government in Sweden. All of Sweden's municipalities and regions are members of SALAR.

Sveriges kommuner och regioner website, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers - SKR, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers - SKR Annex D, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Employee-representative organisations

Akademikerförbundet SSR (The Union for Professionals SSR)

Akademikerförbundet SSR is a trade union for university graduates with a degree in social science, behavioral science or social work.  

Akademikerförbundet website, opens in a new window

radgivning@akademssr.se

Phone: +46 8 617 44 00

Akavia

Akavia is a trade union for business professionals and economists, lawyers, social scientists, IT-academics, HR-professionals, and communication specialists.

Akavia website, opens in a new window

Contact advisory services

Phone: +46 10 303 75 00

Byggnads (The Swedish Construction Workers' Association)

Svenska Byggnadsarbetareförbundet, Byggnads, is a trade union for construction workers.

Byggnads website, opens in a new window

Byggnads - Collective agreemnet for posted workers 2020, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

DIK

DIK är is a trade union within the cultural, communications and creative sectors.  

DIK website, in Swedish, opens in a new window

fraga@dik.se

Phone: +46 8 480 040 00

Elektrikerna (The Swedish Electricians' Association)

Elektrikerna is a trade union for employees within the electrical industry.

Elektrikerna website, in Swedish, opens in a new window

postbox.fk@sef.se

Phone: +46 771 10 14 00

Swedish electricians' association collective agreement for posted workers in Sweden, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Finansförbundet (union for the financial sector)

Finansförbundet is a trade union within the financial sector.

Finansförbundet website, opens in a new window

Phone: +46 8 641 03 00

Posting agreement for workers with in the banking and financial sectors, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Forena

Forena är is a trade union within the insurance and financial sectors.

Forena website, opens in a new window

Fysioterapeuterna (The Swedish Association of Physiotherapists)

Fysioterapeuterna is a trade union for physiotherapists in Sweden. 

Fysioterapeuterna website, opens in a new window

kansli@fysioterapeuterna.se

Phone: +46 8 567 061 00

GS

GS is a trade union within the forestry, woodworking and graphic industries.

GS website, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers within the upholstered furniture industry, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers within the woodworking industry, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers within the forestry industry, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers within the newspaper printing industries, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers within the graphic industry, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Hotell- och restaurangfacket, HRF (The Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Union)

Hotell- och restaurangfacket is a trade union for employees in hotels, restaurants and entertainment establishments.

Hotell- och restaurangfacket website, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers in hotel and restaurant industries, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

IF Metall

IF Metall is a trade union within, among others, the following industries: plastic, medical products, construction material, steel, chemics, manufacture  

IF Metall website, opens in a new window

Collective agreement IF Metall Svemek, pdf, opens in new window

Collective agreement IF Metall technique, pdf, opens in new window

Collective agreements concerning the duty of peace in the case of certain posting of labor

postbox.fk@ifmetall.se

Journalistförbundet (The Swedish Union of Journalists) 

Journalistförbundet is a trade union which organises professionally active journalists.

Journalistförbundet website, opens in a new window

Utstationeringsavtal för medarbetare med journalistiska arbetsuppgifter - Journalistförbundet, pdf, öppnas i nytt fönster

forhandlingsjouren@sjf.se

Kyrkans Akademikerförbund

Kyrkans akademikerförbund is the union for academics working within the church of Sweden.

forhandlingsavdelningen@kyrka.se

Telefon: 08-441 85 60

Svenska kyrkans avtal 20 - almänna bestämmelser, pdf, opens in a new window

Svenska kyrkans avtal 20 - underbilagor A-D, pdf, opens in a new window

Svenska kyrkans löneavtal 20 - övriga arbetstagar-organisationer, pdf, opens in a new window

Kommunal (The Swedish Municipal Workers' Union)

Kommunal is a trade union with members in municipalities, regions, cooperatives, churches, agriculture and also in private companies.

Kommunal website, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers - public transport, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers - welfare sector (AB-P), pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers - home service, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers - green sector, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Ledarna (The Managers)

Ledarna is a trade union for managers in Sweden.

Ledarna website, opens in a new window

ledarna@ledarna.se

Phone: +46 200 87 11 11

Landsorganisationen, LO (The Swedish Trade Union Confederation)

LO is the central organisation for 14 affiliates which organise workers within both the private and the public sectors.

LO website, opens in a new window

mailbox@lo.se

Phone: +46 8 796 25 00

Collective agreements for posted workers - LO, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Livsmedelsarbetareförbundet, Livs (The Food Workers’ Union)

Livsmedelsarbetareförbundet is a trade union within the food industry.

Livsmedelsförbundets website, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers within the food industry, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Läkarförbundet (The Swedish Medical Association)

Sveriges läkarförbund (Läkarförbundet) is a trade union for doctors.

Sveriges läkarförbund website, opens in a new window

Lärarförbundet (The Swedish Teachers' Union)

Lärarförbundet is a trade union for every category of teacher, head teacher, student teacher and study and careers advisors.

Lärarförbundet website, opens in a new window

Contact Lärarförbundet

Phone: +46 770 33 03 03

Lärarnas Riksförbund (The National Union of Teachers in Sweden)

Lärarnas Riksförbund is a trade union for qualified teachers, study advisors and vocational guidance offi­cers.

Lärarnas Riksförbund website, opens in a new window

Phone: +46 010 458 64 00

Målarna (The Swedish Painters' Association)

Målarna is the union for building painters, material workers, iron painters, service workers, car painters, industrial painters and meters.

Målarna website, in Swedish, opens in a new window

post@malarna.se

Phone: +46 8 58 72 74 00

Collective agreement for posted rust protection painters, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted building painters, pdf in Swedish, openes in a new window

Pappers (union for paper industry workers)

Svenska pappersindustriarbetareförbundet (Pappers) is a trade union within the pulp and papper industry.

Pappers website, in Swedish, opens in a new window

info@pappers.se

Phone: +46 8 796 61 00

Collective agreement for posted workers - Pappers, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

SACO-S and the Swedish Agency for Government Employers

An agreement exists between Saco-s and the swedish agency for government for employers.

Collective agreement for posted workers, pdf, öppnas i nytt fönster

SEKO

SEKO is a trade union within the following sectors: civil, energy, defence, postal,  telecommunications, traffic, road, railroad and sea

SEKO website, in Swedish, opens in a new window

sekodirekt@seko.se

Phone: +46 770 45 79 00

Collective agreement for posted workers - SEKO, road and railroad construction work, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

SRAT (academics within health, communication and management)

SRAT is a trade union for university graduates or professionals with a college degree, specialists and managers in the fields of health, communication and management.

SRAT website, opens in a new window

kansli@srat.se

Collective agreement for posted workers - communication

Collective agreement for posted workers - gym and fitness company

Collective agreement för posted workers - optician

Collective agreement for posted workers - dental hygienists

SRAT rail traffic

Collective agreement for posted workers rail traffic

 

Phone: +46 8 442 44 60

ST (The Union of Civil Servants)

ST is a trade union that solely focuses on organising employees within state agencies.

ST website, opens in a new window

stdirekt@st.org

Phone: +46 771 55 54 44

Sveriges Ingenjörer (The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers)

Sveriges Ingenjörer is a trade union for graduate engineers.

Sveriges Ingenjörer website, opens in a new window

forhandling@sverigesingenjorer.se

Collective agreement for posted officials within construction, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Sveriges skolledarförbund (The Swedish Association of School Principals and Directors of Education)

Sveriges skolledarförbund is a trade union for managers within the field of education.

Sveriges skolledarförbunds website, opens in a new window

TCO (The Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees)

TCO  comprises 13 affiliated trade unions. Its members work in all parts of the labour market, for example in schools, healthcare, trade, the media, the police, manufacturing industries, IT and telecom.

TCO website, opens in a new window

info@tco.se

Phone: +46 8 782 91 00

Teaterförbundet (The Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film)

Teaterförbundet is a trade union within the performing arts and film industry.

Teaterförbundet website, opens in a new window

info@teaterforbundet.se

Phone: +46 8 441 13 00

Collective agreement - Teaterförbundet, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Transportarbetareförbundet (The Swedish Transport Workers´ Union)

Svenska Transportarbetareförbundet is a trade union for workers in the following industries: lorries and trucking, warehouses, security, flight maintenance, newspaper distribution, waste and recycling, taxi, gas stations, petrol handling, tire shops and more.

Transportarbetareförbundet website, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted employees transport work, pdf, opens in a new window

Collective agreement Road Transport and Mechanics, pdf, opens in a new window

TULL-KUST (customs and coast gard)

TULL-KUST is a trade union for employees in The Swedish Customs and The Swedish Coast Gard.

TULL-KUST website, in Swedish, opens in a new window

info@tullkust.se

Phone: + 46 8 405 05 40

Unionen (The Union)

Unionen is a trade union for white-collar workers in the private sector.

Union website, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers, Unionen-Technical services employers, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers, Unionen-Textile and fashion industries, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective Agreement concerning conditions for posted salaried employees from another country within EU/EES or Switzerland when work is assigned by companies affiliated to IKEM, pdf, opens in a new window

Appendix to the collective agreement Unionen-IKEM, pdf, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers, Unionen-Swedish IT and Telecom industries, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers, Unionen-Federation of Swedish Innovation Companies (FSIC), pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers, Unionen-Almega Staffing companies, pdf in Swedish, öppnas i nytt fönster

Collective agreement for posted workers, Unionen-Technical employers, pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Collective agreement for posted workers, Unionen-Almega service companies (call centers and market research companies), pdf in Swedish, opens in a new window

Vision

Vision is a trade union for white-collar workers, regardless of their educational background, in municipalities, county councils, churches and other religious communities, as well as private companies within the welfare system.

visiondirekt@vision.se

Phone: + 46 771 44 00 00

Vårdförbundet (The Swedish Association of Health Professionals) 

Vårdförbundet is a trade union for four registered professions: nurses, midwives, biomedical scientists and radiographers.

info.forhandlingspolitiska@vardforbundet.se

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