Summary on Swedish trade unions

Last updated 2/11/2020
Read a brief summary about how a Swedish trade union is structured and find a list of the trade unions that exist in Sweden.
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Swedish trade unions

A Swedish trade union is an organisation of employees in a specific occupation or workplace. If you want to be a member of a trade union it has to be a union in your country of employment. Danish trade unions have no influence on the Swedish labour market.

The trade union safeguards the interests of employees against employers. This may be by involving wage negotiations, work regulations, complaints, conditions of employment, work environment, benefits for the employees and other working conditions. Members of a trade union can get legal advice as a basis of negotiation with the employer. In some cases, the trade union also negotiates group insurance for its members.

Some of the tasks that a trade union undertakes are:

  • collective bargaining
  • political activities
  • negotiating benefits for employees
  • organizing strikes at workplaces

Trade union subscriptions

Membership subscriptions vary between different trade unions and also depend on your income - please contact the individual trade unions to learn more. 

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