STATUTES OF THE “ARTHUR SVENSSON INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR TRADE UNION RIGHTS”
The 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” in accordance with guidelines set in these statutes. The statutes can be amended by the National Board of Industri Energi with a 2/3 majority.
The prize amount is NOK 500,000 (approx. EUR 63.000 / USD 84.000). 250,000 goes directly to the rpize winner and an equal amound 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 the National Executive Committee in connection with the review of the federation’s budget.
THE PURPOSE OF THE PRIZE
The main purpose is to promote and strengthen trade unions and trade union rights internationally.
WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PRIZE?
The prize is presented to a person or organisation that has worked predominately to promote trade union rights and/or strenghten trade union organizing around the world.
WHO CAN NOMINATE CANDIDATES?
The following groups or organisations can nominate candidates for the prize:
COMMITTEE OF THE INTERNATIONAL UNION PRIZE
The committee is broadly composed of seven people from Norwegian trade union movement, appointed by the National Executive Committee of Industri Energi for a four-year period. See who is in the committee.
The National Executive Committee of Industri Energi has the authority to replace members when necessary.
The Secretariat is located at Industri Energi.
The prize is normally presented at a special event in the middle of June each year.
Arthur Svensson (1930-2008) was one of Norwegian Trade Union Movement‘s most prominent representatives who’s legacy in the Norwegian society has had profound effect by creating better conditions for Norwegian workers. Arthur Svensson was also heavily involvedon the international arena. Arthur – or “Professor Arthur” as he was called by Fathi Arafat, brother of Yasser Arafat – was therefore a concept that extends far beyond the labour movement’s ranks.
Arthur Svensson came from a poor background. He was first organised in The Norwegian Chemical Workers Union (NKIF) in 1955 as a worker in the aluminum plant in Sunndal. Arthurstood out with clear opinions and firm convictions, and quickly gained a number of other positions. He was the leader of NKIF for 17 years, and a member of the Secretariat of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO).
Arthur Svensson stood first in line to improve shift workers’ wages and working conditions,and distinguished himself as a key promoter for the new Work Environment Act, which camein 1977. In addition, Arthur stood at the front in the fight against nuclear weapons, thePalestinians’ rights and solidarity between workers across borders.
Arthur Svensson helped to change the world in a positive direction, and he did it with acommitment to inspire others. This is the spirit we want to convey.