Invest in your working life - join Unionen
By working together, we can give you greater job security and provide you with more opportunities to develop your career. The support we provide in negotiations and our income protection insurance scheme can give you a little more peace of mind at difficult times. When you are ready, our career programme can help you to take the next step up the career ladder.
- Northern Sami
This is Unionen
Unionen is Sweden’s largest trade union on the private labour market and the largest white-collar trade union in the world. We have more than 600 000 members, of which 30 000 are elected representatives, in over 60 000 companies and organizations. Unionen has members in everything from major international Groups to small family companies. Our vision is to create security, success and satisfaction in working life.
Who can be a member of Unionen
All of the white-collar workers at a workplace in the private sector can be members of Unionen irrespective of their post, educational background or level of pay. As Unionen is not linked to any political party we can always pursue policies that, irrespective of political considerations, entail a better working life for our members. Our members work in the manufacturing industry, the wholesale and retail trades, transport and forwarding, research and development, bureaus/contracting, call centres, the construction industry, the forestry and paper industries, telecom, the foodstuffs industry, the media, private dental care and many other sectors.
Join Unionen by calling 0770-870 870 or apply for membership here.
Benefits of membership
Being a member of Unionen brings you a number of benefits.
Keep an eye on wages
Is it time to renegotiate your salary? Our wage statistics are much in demand and, together with our advisory services, can help you hone your arguments. Did you know that you are entitled to an annual salary review if your workplace is covered by Unionen’s collective agreement?
Someone to ask
Do you need advice and support regarding your work situation? How long is my notice period? How many hours am I actually allowed to work? What should I do if I feel I am being discriminated against? What should I bear in mind if I am posted abroad? At Unionen, we know what your rights are and are experts on Swedish business and industry. You will receive quick and professional support and we will help you to negotiate if problems arise at work.
Please note that the information and advice we give you is primarily in Swedish. We are normally able to give you exactly the same information and advice in English but this does depend on what staff is available on the day. Unfortunately, we cannot promise the availability of any other languages but please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.
Security even when you are out of work
We live in uncertain times. However, if you do become unemployed, your membership of Unionen includes one of Sweden’s best income protection insurance policies as a complement to the unemployment benefit you will receive from the standard unemployment insurance fund. With the standard unemployment insurance fund (a-kassa) you will receive 80 per cent of your income, but only up to the so called ceiling which is currently SEK 25 025 per month (SEK 14 500 after tax). And after 100 days the ceiling is lowered to SEK 20 900 per month (SEK 12 400 after tax). However, with Unionen´s income protection insurance you can receive 80 per cent of your income after tax if you become unemployed, for salaries of up to SEK 60 000 per month. You can receive compensation from the income protection insurance for 150 compensation days, which is about 7 months.
You can also choose to add top-up insurance to cover additional payment days (150 days - about 9 months) and salaries of up to SEK 150 000 per month. The premium for the extra top-up insurance is SEK 50 per month for incomes between SEK 20 900 and SEK 60 000 per month and SEK 100 per month for incomes above SEK 60 000 per month. Read more in the brochure "Unionen´s income protection insurance".
Don’t forget the unemployment insurance fund!
Membership of Unionen does not automatically mean that you are a member of Unionen’s unemployment insurance fund. If you are not a member of an unemployment insurance fund, you are not covered by Unionen’s income protection insurance. It is therefore important that you apply for membership of an unemployment insurance fund. At www.unionensakassa.se you can read more about Unionen’s unemployment insurance fund, apply for membership and see the fee that applies to you. You find more information about other unemployment insurance funds at The Swedish Federation of Unemployment Insurance Funds.
A career boost
Time to take the next step? Our career services can help you to draw up a plan for how you want to develop and drive your career forward. You can use the various tools we provide such as our CV guide and our competence mapping, career coaching and career planning services and recruitment consultancy (the tools are available in the Swedish language only). If you want to improve your professional skills through further studies or training, you can apply for Unionen’s study grant, which is worth up to SEK 12 800.
You can benefit from our agreements
Unionen’s collective agreements include many valuable workplace benefits that you perhaps take for granted: annual wage increases, overtime payments, extra payments in connection with parental leave and illness, occupational pensions and insurance schemes. Calculate just how much you gain as a result of your employer having a collective agreement (information in Swedish). Become a member and you will be able to influence the conditions of the agreement. You will also put us in a stronger position when the time comes to negotiate improvements with your employer.
Different types of insurances
As a professional member of Unionen or Unionen Self-Employed, you are automatically insured with Förenade Liv Group Insurance for a period of three months as of the month after which you become a member. You will then be covered by Accident Insurance, Sickness and Diagnostics Insurance as well as Life Insurance. At the end of the three months, you have the option of deciding whether or not you would like to continue with the insurance. This is not compulsory. We have also with the insurance company If been able to negotiate great discounts on contents, home and car insurances (information in Swedish).
Many pay less
It pays to be one of 600.000 members. Our size means that we can negotiate great discounts and offers (information in Swedish) that give you a little extra value for your membership fee. As a member of Unionen, you can take out favourable personal and property insurance policies with the insurance companies Förenade Liv and If and get bank loans on good terms. You can also get discounts on everything from training and education to travel and magazine subscriptions.
Always close to you
Unionen has 27 offices and 30 000 elected representatives in workplaces throughout the country. We are always close to you and have more local knowledge and expertise than many other trade unions. Our website, unionen.se, is of course always open and provides the latest news and useful information about your working life.
Last, but not least; eight times a year you will receive our popular members’ magazine Kollega, full of news, debate and articles relating to working life (in Swedish).
Membership Terms and Conditions
The statutes of Unionen cover all members. We wish to draw your attention specifically to a couple of things mentioned in the statutes.
As a new member, you are immediately entitled to advice and information from Unionen and after three months you can be represented in negotiations, as long as the matter occurred after your application for membership was accepted by Unionen.
Exemptions from the three month rule may be granted if there are special circumstances, for example if Unionen has a fundamental interest in the matter. Exemptions may also be granted if the member is new to the labour market, for example has come directly from being a student, immigrated from another country or some other similar situation. You do not have to wait for three months to be entitled to support in negotiations if you are switching directly from membership of another trade union.
Do not forget that you need to be a member of a Swedish unemployment insurance fund, the Unionen unemployment insurance fund or some other, in order to be entitled to our income protection insurance scheme.
If you wish to become a member of the Unionen unemployment insurance fund or any other unemployment insurance fund of your choice, you need to submit a separate application form supplied by the unemployment insurance fund.
Guest membership is offered to anyone that has been granted a work permit to carry out work in Sweden and who is a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland. For just SEK 200 you will become a guest member and get quick and professional support concerning all aspects of your working life in Sweden. If you are employed in Sweden, we can also represent you in legal labour issues. Being a guest member immediately entitles you to advice, and after three months entitles you to be represented in negotiations, as long as the matter occurred after your application for membership was accepted by Unionen.