Joining a union such as ETFO means that your voice has more clout in your workplace and at the bargaining table. On its own, the voice of an educator does not have much impact on a larger and better equipped employer. But when educators speak with one voice, we are more powerful and better able to achieve our common goals to improve both working and learning conditions for students. Being part of a union like ETFO means that we are stronger together. The employer is required to allow the union or representative body, authorized by the workers, to inform each worker of the draft collective agreements drawn up by the parties and to make available to these organizations the internal means of communication and information, calculators and other technical equipment, the premises for off-hours meetings and consultations and the space necessary for the installation of Bulletin Boards. The collective agreement enters into force at the time of its signing by the parties or from the date set out in the agreement and remains in force for the duration of the agreement. As part of the review of a collective agreement, it is necessary to decide whether to maintain workers` benefits and apply the other conditions that were originally provided for. Section 26. Responsibility for violations or non-application of a collective agreement or agreement.
Persons who represent the employer convicted of violating or failing to enforce a collective agreement or agreement to which they are bound are liable to a fine ten times higher than the minimum wage imposed by the courts. Only one in three OECD workers has wages agreed upon through collective bargaining. The 36-member Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has become a strong supporter of collective bargaining to ensure that falling unemployment also leads to higher wages.  In Sweden, the scope of collective agreements is very high, although there are no legal mechanisms to extend agreements to whole sectors. In 2018, 83% of all private sector employees were subject to collective agreements, 100% of public sector employees and 90% in total (compared to the overall labour market).  This reflects the predominance of self-regulation (regulation by the labour market parties themselves) over state regulation in Swedish industrial relations.  In order to support their demands made during negotiations for the development, conclusion or modification of a collective agreement or agreement, trade unions or other representative bodies empowered by workers have the right to hold meetings and meetings, set up pickets and hold demonstrations outside of working time , without mentioning the company`s activities. Every teacher wants to be properly compensated for their work.