If you work for a company without a collective agreement, there may be a good level of benefits in the form of a work-last pension solution, parental leave pay supplements and annual salary review. As a general rule, they are governed by a directive developed by the employer. Therefore, the employer can decide unilaterally and at any time to change the terms of the worst – without negotiating with you. We offer support and advice to our members on these issues. Traditionally, collective bargaining in the private sector has taken place at three levels: between the trade union confederations and the main employers` confederation, the Federation of Swedish Enterprises (Svenskt Nuringsliv) at the national level; between the different unions and the employers` professional organisations at the sectoral level; and between the company and the local union at the local level. Other collective agreements contain rules on the relationship between the employer and individual workers. Such agreements can be concluded at the central level, by the parties described above and at the local level, between a specific employer and the local union represented in the company. It is customary for a central agreement on the conditions of employment of each worker to be supplemented by local agreements. This is the standard procedure among companies that are members of the Swedish Association of Industrial Employers. These rules govern rights and obligations in the workplace.

All benefits and rights agreed upon by mutual agreement are automatically included in your employment contract. The collective agreement also means that your union representative is guaranteed for the good of your employees through dialogue and collective bargaining, for example ahead of important decisions and changes in the workplace or industry, discernment and influence are guaranteed. The agreements protect against discrimination in the workplace and guarantee compensation for illness, death and accidents at work. The collective agreement regulates working time, the right to leave and the annual wage review process, as well as your individual agreement. Other conditions are also set by collective agreements such as pension, salary during sick leave (longer) and salary above national rules during parental leave.