The Social Partners' Council is a non-profit organisation funded by state agencies in cooperation with unions. Our mission is to support social partners in the workplaces for the Swedish government sector. Our founding members have prioritized specific issues that we address within the Social Partners’ Council. The specific areas are decided when the collective bargaining agreement is finalised. We offer support to all 250 agencies and organisations in the government sector.
The social partners with regards to central government employment are:
Ministries are small and executive agencies (e.g. universities, police, armed forces, tax authority) form the bulk of the central government administration.
Since 1994, the Government (ruling parties) has been providing each agency with an annual appropriation that normally cannot be exceeded. In practice, the money is delivered as...
We provide online courses on work environment and sustainable worklife, all of them mixing facts and examples, as well as opening up for discussions. Two of them are accessible in English.
The Social Partners’ Council focuses on supporting the local social partners within certain working areas. These are established by the national social partners in a collective agreement.
Sweden has rather comprehensive labour legislation that applies across the labour market, including the central government administration. Many of these laws are discretionary and may, by agreements between social partners, be adapted and changed to fit a labour market sector and even the needs of a single organisation. However, the minimum legal standards may not be lowered.
In Sweden, government employee wages were once set by the political system. Pay scales and pay grades were closely connected to complex ranking systems of all government positions at this time.