What does a collective agreement provide?
A collective agreement is an agreement between an employer and a union, which regulates which terms and conditions will apply at the workplace. This webpage provides more information about collective agreements and how much money your collective agreement is worth.
Published: Monday 26 Feb 2018
Last updated: Thursday 2 Jul 2020
Collective agreements supplement legislation
Your employment conditions are governed by legislation, collective agreements and your own employment contract. Legislation provides basic protection while collective agreements and the employment contract supplement and adapt these conditions.
A collective agreement is negotiated by representatives for the employer and the employees, where they jointly decide which rules will apply in a particular sector or at a particular workplace. In the end, a collective agreement provides advantageous conditions and a high level of security for employees.
What your collective agreement is worth
Not least, a collective agreement can make a great difference to your wallet. For example, if you have a collective agreement, you receive more compensation if you are at home with your child, are ill or have the misfortune to suffer an occupational injury. A collective agreement also has a a real positive effect on your pension, and the difference may amount to hundreds of thousands of krona on the day you stop working. Try it out yourself in the calculator below!