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The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) in the world

The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) works for a world in which free and democratic trade union organisations can grow strong and operate freely. We work for a world in which national and international regulations guarantee workers’ fundamental trade union and human rights, both in working life and in society. 

In the globalised world we live in today we aim for social, economic and environmental sustainability. This means that initiatives for inclusive economic development must have equality, fair distribution, gender equality, full employment and social protection as guiding principles.

LO’s task of safeguarding its members’ interests requires cross-border trade union work. Trade union collaboration within the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is of considerable significance for international trade union successes, particularly as regards the fight against social dumping. 

National management of a growing number of trade union policy areas is influenced both directly and indirectly by decisions in international bodies. For example, more than half of the questions on the national and municipal political agenda in Sweden are influenced by the EU. We are also influenced by developments in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the UN and its labour organisation the ILO, as well as by bilateral trade agreements signed between the EU and other regional associations or states.

International questions and climate issues, adopted by Congress (pdf)