Are you working or planning to work as a teacher in Sweden? Here you will find useful information about the Swedish model of social dialogue, collective agreements and your rights as workers. Collective agreements can make a big difference to your wallet. For this way, workers who have a collective agreement receive higher benefits when they stay at home with sick children, get sick themselves or have the bad luck of suffering an accident at work. Your pension is also positively influenced by collective agreements and the difference can amount to hundreds of thousands of crowns the day you stop working. Sweden has one of the highest levels of trade union organisation in the world. In Sweden, trade unions play an important role and many people regard collective agreements and trade unions as natural elements of working life. The combination of labour law and social dialogue, in which collective agreements are negotiated between employers and trade unions in each sector, is often referred to as the Swedish model. Collective agreements are binding and constitute, in addition to labour law, the basis of working conditions. There are central collective agreements negotiated at national level and local agreements that can improve the conditions agreed at national level. A local agreement can be negotiated at the municipal level, at the company level or even at the individual school level. Individual salaries and professional development plans are defined through a dialogue between the teacher and the head of the school.