Equality is the theme of the LO Congress

Organisational issues Today, Friday, the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, LO, starts its 28th Statutory Congress. For four days a total of 400 delegates from LO’s fourteen national unions will join together to set the course for LO’s work in the next four years.

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Full employment is closely associated with equality

Of all the questions to be discussed full employment is the most important. Without full employment the Swedish model cannot be upheld and a sustainable economy built, to be shared by everyone. The question of full employment is closely associated with equality, which is the theme of the 2016 LO Congress.

“LO’s task is to safeguard workers’ interests and it is based on the fundamental view of the equal value and equal rights of all people. This is what we are to discuss in the next four years. We will hone our arguments, increase our knowledge and strengthen our organisation,” says LO President Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson.

Precarious jobs and occupational health services

Decisions are to be made on a total of 308 motions on the agenda. They cover everything from whether LO should start its own bank and how much affiliated unions should pay in membership fees, to LO’s view of precarious jobs, occupational health services for all and the right to freedom of communication in the private as well as the public sector.

Several international guests are attending the Congress, including the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow and the Nobel laureate, Hassine Abassi, from the Tunisian trade union organisation UGTT.