LO and the Swedish labour market


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LO and the Swedish labour market

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.”

We call this “the trade union vow”, the vow that laid the foundation for the first Swedish trade unions in the 19th century. Eventually these different local unions formed national unions and in 1898 these national unions founded LO, the Swedish Trade Union Confederation.

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Presentation: LO, The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (pdf)