Here are the agreements and terms and conditions for employees within higher education.
About 5 000 members of the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers are employed in higher education. We work to promote your interests, both union and professional, as concerns ministries and government agencies. We have a particular focus on working conditions and salary formation, which are a prerequisite for continued growth in both research and education.
The general salaries and benefits agreement, ALFA, is concluded through the RALS agreement and is the basis of employment. ALFA contains provisions on salaries, expenses, working hours, holidays, leave, notice periods and other terms of employment. Parts of this are then re-regulated locally e.g. holiday issues, travel allowances.
Working hours are negotiated to meet the needs of local operations. The basis is, of course, is the Working Hours Act. Contact your local Saco-S Association representative for what applies at your workplace.
Salary formation must take place locally. The local salary agreement covers all academics in the workplace. The framework for how to do this is stated in the central agreement.
The RALS agreement provides the conditions for local salary formation. For universities that are voluntarily affiliated with the Government Employer Agency, the RALB agreement applies.
The terms of employment in higher education are governed by agreements at different levels, centrally and locally. Local agreements are based on the central. Central agreements are made between Saco-S and the Swedish Employers Agency and apply to all universities and university colleges. Local agreements are negotiated between the local Saco-S association and the employer.
You are represented at your workplace by the Saco-S local association. Saco-S brings together members from the Saco associations that work in the public sector, including members of the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers.
The local association negotiates with the employer on salaries, local agreements and individual membership matters. In addition, there are local associations for the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers at the universities. They work to monitor members' areas of interest and provide advice.