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Questions and answers regarding the agreements negotiations 2020

Here you will find the most frequently asked questions regarding the agreements negotiations autumn 2020. This page was last updated 26 August 2020.

In Swedish: Vanliga frågor och svar om avtalsförhandlingarna 2020

When will I get my pay rise?

Due to postponed collective agreements negotiations, the central collective agreements expire between 31 October and 31 December 2020. Pay increases take place after the central collective agreements have been signed. Some central collective agreements then regulate a local process before a pay increase takes place.

Will we receive a retroactive pay since we should have got the pay rise earlier?

Kommunal will push hard for this. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees – the only thing we know is that the negotiations will be very tough.

Over the years, Kommunal have constructed the central collective agreements differently as to when and how the pay increases are to be paid out. We do not yet know which model it will be this time.

But – no one can deny that the skilled members of Kommunal should be compensated for the extremely important job all of you do and have done.

We have worked extremely hard during the pandemic. Now we should get a a substantial pay rise, right?

The pandemic has clearly shown how extremely important the role of the members of Kommunal is. The expectations from the members are sky high and no one can deny any longer that our skilled members must get more. Politicians, the media and opinion leaders have been touchingly in agreement that conditions must be improved for everyone who works in welfare. Kommunal will do its utmost to ensure that politicians and employers also deliver.

That being said, we know that negotiations will be very tough this time. Kommunal and the employers were far apart even before Corona struck. The pandemic has affected the economy and companies are now doing poorly and many workers have lost their jobs. This leads to reduced tax revenues. At the same time, the government has invested large resources to compensate for companies' reduced revenues. Warnings have now emerged that there are not enough resources to raise wages.

Kommunal works hard to ensure that the members' voices are heard and that we need to invest in welfare jobs. This change requires time and effort. You as a member are a part of building Kommunal's muscles.

I have a zero-hour contract, will I not receive a wage increase?

An employer may not differentiate between permanent employees and those with fixed-term employment. There is legislation that protects the employee in these types of situations.

Why has Kommunal not begun negotiations immediately after the summer?

The negotiations have started but are at different stages depending on the central collective agreement in question.

When will I know that negotiations for my agreement have started?

Kommunal negotiates around 70 collective agreements during 2020. The collective agreements expire at different times, which means that they are at different stages in the negotiations. All central collective agreements must be ready by the end of the year.

By keeping your contact information and workplace updated on “mina sidor”, you will receive current information regarding your collective agreement directly into your mail inbox. You may also call “Kommunal Direkt” should you have general questions about your collective agreement, 010 442 70 00.

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What is the mark that people are talking about?

The pay increase in the collective agreement that the parties within the industrial sector will decide on, will set the level, i.e. become a mark for wages in other central collective agreements.

What is the mark for 2020?

There is no specific mark for 2020 since the parties that sign the industrial agreement have not finished.

Why were the agreements negotiations halted last spring?

Because the members of Kommunal have been, and are, taking responsibility for the current difficult corona situation, we have not been in a position to start direct and aggressive agreements negotiations.

Why did officials get salary increases ? Couldn't we also have “tillsvidareavtal” (permanent employment contracts)?

Not all officials got a salary increase. A permanent employment contract does not regulate pay increases. Pay increases are determined within the local branch. Permanent employment could lead to lower pay increase for the members should, for example, employers choose to give a greater part of the pay increase to salaried officials.

Kommunal's members have chosen to always have pay increases regulated in the central collective agreement that the union signs. 

What is a negotiating committee?

The negotiating committee consists of members affected by the current collective agreement, and it has the task of assisting the national executive committee in developing a new collective agreement.

Who makes the decision for a new collective agreement?

The formal decision for a new central collective agreement is made by the national executive committee, following a recommendation from the current negotiating committee.

What happens after a central collective agreement has been signed?

The changes that have been made in the central collective agreement apply. Some collective agreements regulate local negotiations before pay increases can take place.

What is the LO (Swedish Trade Union Confederation) coordination?

The purpose of the LO coordination is for the LO unions to jointly push for several strict contractual demands against the employers. An LO union that encounter problems in the agreements negotiations can receive support from other LO unions.

Why is Kommunal not part of the LO coordination?

Kommunal decided to stay out of the LO coordination in this year's collective agreements negotiations because Kommunal wanted to be able to demand more for professionally skilled key groups. That vocational training should pay off in welfare as well, was not supported, which is why Kommunal chose to run its own agreements negotiations.

Will there be a strike if we do not manage to push through our demands?

For as long as the collective agreement applies, the parties may not go into conflict. If the collective agreement has expired and the employer and Kommunal have not settled on a new agreement, a last resort may be to notify of a conflict. The purpose is to put pressure on the other party. The aim is always to reach an agreement, but if this is not possible, Kommunal can choose to give notice of a strike or, for example, an overtime ban.

Why does Kommunal need so many members? Even if you are not a member you still get a pay rise.

Many members means power for Kommunal in the agreements negotiations. If many of the employees are not members, they have not given the union a mandate to negotiate their pay and terms of employment, which could lead to the other party refraining from signing a new central collective agreement. Without a central collective agreement, employers are not obligated to increase wages or pay compensation for, among other things, overtime or unsocial working hours. 

What does “prolongerat” mean?

That the current collective agreement has been extended. The terms of the agreement still apply, which for example means that you will continue to receive payments for unsocial working hours,