The Swedish labour market model and collective agreements
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.
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.
Telephone: +46 8-617 44 00
Byggnads (Swedish Construction Workers' Union)
Byggnads organise workers in the construction sector. Construction is LO's fifth largest union.
The Swedish Association of Graduates in Business Administration and Economics
A union and interest organization for professionals and students in business and economics in Sweden.
The Electricians Association
The Electricians Association is a trade union organising workers in the fields of electrical installations, private power plants, radio-television, alarm and security, and service area.
Telephone: +46 771-10 14 00
Telephone: +46 8-480 040 00
The Swedish Association of Physiotherapists
A professional body as well as a trade union. It promotes the profession and serves its members on all levels.
Telephone: +46 8-567 061 00
The Swedish Medical Association
A professional organisation for doctors. Patient safety, the work environment, salaries, working hours, training and research are some of the issues that are of great importance for the organisation.
Sweden’s only union that solely focuses on organizing employees within state agencies. We are convinced that everyone benefits from being members in the same union rather than belonging to different unions based on profession.
Telephone: +46 771-55 54 44
Telephone: +46 8-641 03 00
GS, The Swedish union of forestry, wood and graphical workers
GS, The Swedish union of forestry, wood and graphical workers, was established June 1 2009 and organizes workers in the forestry, woodworking and graphic industries.
A trade union in Sweden. It was formed in a 2006 merger between the Swedish Industrial Union and the Swedish Metalworkers' Union.
Jusek is a Swedish Union of University Graduates of Law, Business Administration and Economics, Computer and Systems Science, Personnel Management, Professional Communicators and Social Science. Our main task is to reinforce the competitive edge and the position of our member groups and individual members in the labour market.
Ledarna - Sveriges Chefsorganisation
We represent managers exclusively. By representing only managers, with no conflict of interest and no double loyalties, Ledarna can claim to be the only organization of its kind in Sweden.
We play an active part in supporting our members as individuals – both as managers and leaders and as employees – but also strive to improve the overall conditions for managers as a group.
Telephone: +46 200 - 87 11 11
LO - The Swedish Trade Union Confederation
The Swedish Trade Union Confederation, LO, is the central organisation for 14 affiliates which organise workers within both the private and the public sectors.
105 53 Stockholm
Telephone: +46 8-796 25 00
The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, SALAR, represents the interests of Sweden's 290 municipalities and 20 county councils/regions.
SALAR is both an employers' organization and an interest organization. All of Sweden's municipalities, county councils and regions are members of SALAR.
Telephone: +46 8-452 70 00
The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers
We are the country's largest network for graduate engineers
Telephone: +46 8-58 72 74 00
The Swedish Union for Service and Communications Employees is a trade union in Sweden.SEKO is divided into nine branches: Rail transportation, public administration, postal, road and railways, telecom, correctional treatment, energy, defence and maritime.
Telephone: +46 770-45 79 00
SRAT is a professional association and a trade union for university graduates or professionals with a college degree, specialists and managers in the fields of health, communication and management. SRAT is also an association within the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations, Saco.
Telephone: +46 8-442 44 60
Telephone: +46 8 567 06 205
Box 3266, SE 103 65 Stockholm
Swedish Transport Workers’ Union
The Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises is an umbrella organisation for associations and companies in the transportation sector in Sweden.
Olof Palmes gata 29
SE-101 330 Stockholm
The Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (Swedish: Tjänstemännens Centralorganisation, TCO) is a national trade union centre, the umbrella organisation for eighteen trade unions in Sweden that organise professional and other qualified employees within both the private and the public sectors.
114 94 Stockholm
Telephone: +46 8-782 91 00
Fax: +46 8-663 75 20
The National Union of Teachers in Sweden
Lärarnas Riksförbund (The National Union of Teachers in Sweden) is the only trade union in Sweden exclusively for qualified teachers, study advisors and vocational guidance officers. With our 90,000 members, we are one of the largest unions within the Swedish Confe¬deration of
Professional Associations (Sveriges Akademikers Centralorganisation, Saco). Lärarnas Riksförbund is a dedicated professional association of teachers, study advisors and vocational guidance officers. We do not accept anyone unqualified nor school heads, which gives us a unique ability to represent what is important to professional teachers and focus on their interests. The majority of our members work in compulsory schooling (years 1–9), upper secondary schools, adult education and uni-versities and colleges.
Telephone: +46 8-613 27 00
The National Union of Teachers in Sweden website, opens in a new window
The Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film
We represent professional performers and other creative workers from across the spectrum of the entertainment, creative and cultural industries. The Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film organizes professional authors such as directors, choreographers and set designers. The majority of our members are performers such as dancers, actors, opera singers, circus and variety artistes and stunt performers. We also have branches for technical staff at theatres and in the film industry, as well as for administrative personnel at theatres.
Telephone: +46 8-441 13 00
Unionen is Sweden’s largest white-collar trade union on the private labour market. Some of the more common professions found among the members of Unionen include Project Managers, Engineers, Administrators, Economists, IT Consultants, Technicians, Managers and Salespeople.
These members work in areas such as manufacturing, wholesale, transport and logistics, research and development, agencies/business services, call centers, construction industry, chemical industry, consultancies, non-profit organisations, IT, forestry and paper industry, telecommunications, food industry, media, private dental care, etc.
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
Vision is a trade union that organizes 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.
Telephone: +46 771-44 00 00
Vårdförbundet (the Swedish Association of Health Professionals) is the trade union and professional organisation of four registered professions; nurses, midwives, biomedical scientists and radiographers.
Adolf Fredriks kyrkogata 11
103 65 Stockholm
Last updated 2020-12-30