Summary on Swedish trade unions
This information is for EU/EEA citizens only
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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Unemployment benefits - if you commute to/from Sweden
If you commute between Denmark and Sweden, there are special rules regarding unemployment insurance funds and unemployment benefit. The main rule is that if you want unemployment benefits, you must be a member of an unemployment insurance fund in your working country, as long as you are in work.