Organisation & activities

NTF is a federation whose highest body is the Congress, which meets every five years. The Congress decides, among other things, on activity plan, statutes, membership fee and appoints the Executive Board.

Between the Congress meetings, the work is led by the Executive Board, which consists of thirteen people.

The seven sections are an important part of the federation’s activities. The sections are responsible for the activities related to their own industry. In connection with each congress, each section selects its steering committee.

NTF is divided into seven main sections and an additional women’s committee:

  • civil aviation
  • road transport (special working group for environment)
  • ports
  • railways
  • public transport (special working group taxi)
  • seafarers and fisheries
  • warehouse and logistics
  • women’s committee

The day-to-day work is carried out by the secretariat, based in Stockholm.

Civil aviation

Organises members working in the civil aviation sector such as loaders, check-in staff, cabin crew and pilots.

The section aims to monitor developments in aviation and the challenges arising from the Low Cost Carrier Model (LCC). Works, among other things, with issues such as social dumping, night and shift work, security issues and digitalisation. Always in close cooperation with ETF and ITF.

Road transport

Organises members with occupations such as drivers in haulage, couriers and drivers in the more recent gig economy.

The section works with issues such as the implementation of the EU Mobility Package, digitalisation and technology, exploitation of labour in the Nordic labour market and the freight industry of the future. The section also includes an environmental group.

Ports and docks

Organises members who work as port and stowage workers as well as administrative staff.

The section’s priorities have an influence on EU decisions, the FOC campaign for a fair shipping industry, the ITF’s lashing campaign and protection and safety issues such as toxic substances in sea containers.


Organises members with occupations such as train drivers, on-board staff, train repairmen, switchmen, planners, maintenance workers, vehicle attendants, ticket sellers and othres.

The section focuses on issues related to the development of the railway sector in the Nordics and Europe, international railway lines, cross-border traffic, education, trade union organising, public procurement and social dumping.

Public transport

Organises members who work as tram drivers, bus drivers, taxi drivers and taxi operators.

The focus areas of the section are public procurement, digitalisation and technology, climate and environmental impact, the EU mobility package, diversity and threats and violence such as preventing all kinds of negative discrimination based on gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, faith and cultural background. The section also includes an appointed working group for taxis. 

Seafarers and fisheries

Organises sea captains, chief machinists, nautical officers, technical officers, curatorial officers, curatorial officers, sailors, motorists and professional fishermen.

The section’s assignments over the next few years are the campaign against flags of convenience ships (FOC) and flags of convenience ports (POC), the ITF’s lashing campaign and compliance with the Athens policy in the Baltic Sea region.

Warehouses and logistics

Organises warehouse and terminal workers as well as officials.

Priority areas of work are digitalisation and automation in the warehouse and logistics sector and the entry of online giants into the Nordic market. The section also works with issues related to education and exchange of experience, collective agreements and the possibility to increase the involvement of more trade unions in the Nordic region.

Women’s conference

One of the items on the NTF list of assignments is to hold a women’s conference every year to discuss issues related to women, the labour market and international cooperation. The reason for this is that the Nordic trade unions have a long tradition of working for equality and for equal influence in the organisations and society in general.

The NTF Women’s Conference coordinates the prioritisation and nomination of the Nordic candidates for the European and global women’s Committees.