About YS

The Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS) is a politically independent umbrella organization for labour unions.

YS was formed in 1977 and consist of 16 affiliated unions with a total membership of over 215.000 (January 1, 2016).

The affiliated unions vary in size and scope, from large, vertically organised general unions, to smaller unions organized according to profession.

Our affiliates work with professional development within their respective professions and promote members’ wages and working conditions.

YS represents the unions in the national tripartite cooperation, development of labour policy and in matters that affect members such as economic development, welfare, inclusion, labour participation and working environment.

YS is member of the Council of Nordic Trade Unions (NFS), European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), EUROCADRES, Pan-European Regional Council (PERC), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC). YS also participates in national and international work under the umbrella of International Labour Organisation (ILO).