Content of collective agreements

The content of general collective agreements can be divided into three parts. In the first part are provisions on wages and working time, including holiday payments, payments in cases of sickness and work-related accidents, meal and coffee breaks and minimum hours of daily and weekly rest. 

The second relates to health and safety at the workplace, working clothes, trade union and pension fund fees, rules on notice of dismissal, selection and duties of trade union representatives etc. 

The third part concerns the term of the agreement and in some cases dispute resolution of the negotiating parties and how do deal with changes that occur in underlying economic factors, such as inflation, which affect the expected outcome of real-wages during the validity of the agreement. 

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