Presentation: LO, The Swedish Trade Union Confederation

It all began with a vow: “We do solemnly swear that we will never under any circumstances work for lower wages or under worse conditions than what we now promise one another. We make this vow, in the secure knowledge that if we all are true to our pledge the employer will be forced to meet our demands.”


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We call this "the trade union vow" - the vow that laid the foundation for the first trade unions in Sweden in the 19th century. Eventually, the different local unions formed national unions which in turn, in 1898, founded LO, the Swedish Trade Union Confederation.

Today, LO has 14 affiliated unions, which cover all of the labour market for blue-collar workers in Sweden

LO, The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (pdf)