The TCO Unions

Most of the members of the TCO unions are to be found in unions that organise all the professionals at a particular workplace. Other unions are professional associations in which membership is based on the members sharing the same profession.

The affiliated unions negotiate pay and terms and conditions of employment with the employers. Unions with members in the private sector negotiate with various industrial organisations that are affiliated to the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. Other counterparts include the Co-operative Employers’ Association and the Employers’ Organisation of the Swedish Banking Institutions.

Most of the trade unions in the private sector are members of the Federation of Salaried Employees in Industry and Services (PTK), a negotiating cartel. Trade unions with members in the local or central government sectors negotiate with the Swedish Association of Local Authorities, the Federation of Swedish County Councils and the Swedish Agency for Government Employees. The unions co-operate in the Public Employees’ Negotiation Council (OFR).

Co-operation on negotiations also takes place with trade unions affiliated to the Swedish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (Saco), for example within the framework of PTK and OFR. 

TCO:s 13 affiliated Unions

• Unionen - Unionen is Sweden’s largest trade union on the private labour market and the largest white-collar union in the world.

• Lärarförbundet - The Swedish Teachers’ Union organises teachers throughout the education system  from preschool to university level.

Vision - The Swedish Union of Local Government Officers organises white-collar workers employed by the municipalities and county councils (or companies owned by them) or the church.

• Vårdförbundet -  The Swedish Association of Health Professionals is a trade union and professional organization for registered nurses, midwives, biomedical scientists and radiographers.

Fackförbundet ST - The Union of Civil Servants organises employees in the civil service, public utilities and corporations and State-funded foundations.

• Finansförbundet - The Union of Financial Sector Employees organises employees in the banking and finance sectors.

• Polisförbundet - The Union of Swedish Policemen organises police officers.

• Journalistförbundet - The Swedish Union of Journalists organises newspaper, magazine, radio and television journalists.

• FTF - The Union of Insurance Employees organises employees in insurance companies and closely-related banks.

• Teaterförbundet - The Swedish Union of Theatrical Employees organises actors, artists, technicians and administrative personnel working in the theatre, film, radio and television fields and other closely-related areas.

• Försvarsförbundet - The Union of Civilian Employees in the Defence Forces organises non-military personnel working for authorities and organisations relating to the defence forces.

• TULL-KUST - The Swedish Union of Customs’ and Coastguards Officers organises employees working for the Swedish Customs and Swedish Coastguard.

• Symf - The Swedish Federation of Professional Musicians organises professional musicians and singers.

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