A majority of the Swedish people believe that without trade unions their salary, social security, parental leave and working conditions would be worse off. Still the number of members is decreasing and the level of organization is about to hit a new all time low.
Facketförändras.nu is an initiative by TCO 16 affiliates. It aims to change the way the union works and visualize the value of membership. The TCO and the affiliates want to create a dialogue with young and highly educated based on their needs and demands, whether they are already members or not. The trade union movement needs a younger and more modern approach to be an apparent choice for the youth!
As a first step towards change TCO organised a dialogue with young people through a campaign with “suggestion boxes” which resulted in over 1 800 suggestions of what is needed by the younger generations and how the unions should move forward. Based on the suggestions TCO is now facilitating a smoother mobility between the affiliates, increasing the support for fixed-term workers and developing ways of support for Swedes working abroad. TCO is also putting focus on increasing the knowledge of the individual as well as the collective economic value of collective agreements.
The platform of TCOs work for change is: www.facketforandras.nu