Trade union work and collective agreement

Our members and us are historical, because we are a part of the Swedish model. The Swedish model was founded in 1938 and means that our working conditions are regulated to a large extent of collective agreements and labour laws only stipulate a minimum level. The content in the collective agreement is negotiated between the trade unions and the employers. The conditions we have today can’t be taken for granted because there is a constant tug of war between the employers and us as union representatives about what conditions there should be. In order for us to be a strong negotiator active trade union organisations are required, as well as a large number of members.

Our assignment

Trustees at Scania have an important role through our responsibility to have the dialogue with the employer and raise our members opinions and needs. We inform our members about larger changes that are planned and give them the opportunity to have their say – before decisions are made!

Impact and cooperation

A prerequisite for AF to be able to have impact on decisions is to be involved at an early stage, which is one the principles in the cooperation we have with Scania. Therefore we are represented in both TRATON and Scania board of directors, amongst others.

Laws, agreements and principles

The basis for our work at Scania is the codetermination law (Medbestämmandelagen, MBL). MBL regulates the fact that we have right to information about the company’s activities and Scania is obliged to call us in for negotiations about changes that have a large impact on the organisation.

MBL also regulates the right to influence through the collective agreement. At Scania we are covered by the collective agreement Teknikavtalet.  

On top of Teknikavtalet we also have local agreements, such agreements can be defined by both a Scania or an AF initiative. One example of a local agreement which was put in place through our initiative is the Inhyrningsavtalet .

 AF has agreed with Scania about principles for our cooperation. The most important principle is that we consider: cooperation is a key to success for Scania.