Nominations open for Arthur Svensson Award for Trade Union Rights

The Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights, an international award given to individuals and organisations that have contributed meaningfully in the promotion of trade union rights and organising around the world, has opened its nominations for 2021.  

Trade unions from different part of the world are invited to submit their nominees until 1 January 2021. Nominations must illustrate why nominees deserve the award, name of nominating persons and/or organisations and their relation to the candidates. The nominees will be judged based on the extent of work that they have contributed in the promotion of trade union rights and organising.

The Svensson prize is an international award established by Industri Energi. It is awarded annually by the “Committee for the Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights.”  The prize amount is NOK 500,000 (approx. EUR 52.000 / USD 60.000). Half the amount goes directly to the prize winner and an equal amount will be spent on projects related to the prize winner. The money comes from the Industri Energi’s International Solidarity Fund and can be adjusted by its National Executive Committee in connection with the review of the federation’s budget.

Since 2010, the Svensson prize has been awarded to persons and groups that have significantly promoted and strengthened trade union rights internationally. Some of its previous awardees include the Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan, the South African trade union CSAAWU (Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union), LabourStart, the National Miners’ and Metalworkers’ Union of Mexico (SNTMMSRM) and the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union. 

Last year, the Svensson prize was awarded to Chilean trade union leader Barbara Figueroa.


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