Nominations are open

We hereby invite Norwegian and international unions to nominate candidates for the Arthur Svensson international prize for trade union rights.

General secretary, Trevor Christians, receives the 2017 prize on behalf of the South African farm workers union, CSAAWU. Photo: Håvard Sæbø

Since 2010 the Svensson prize has been awarded to persons and organizations that has worked predominately to promote trade union rights and organizing around the world. Amongst the previous winners we find the teachers union in Bahrain, the Miners union in Mexico, textile workers in Cambodia and many more.

Last year the prize was awarded to the South African union CSAAWU. CSAAWU represents rural workers against slave like labour conditions, discrimination and severe exploitation.

The nomination deadline is January the 1st 2018, but we encourage to start the nomination process as soon as possible. The nominees will be judged on at what extent the person or organization has promoted union rights and/or union organization in the world.

All employees and elected officials at all levels of both Norwegian and international unions (Affiliated with International Trade Union Congress or to the Global Unions) are welcome to propose candidates. As well are the past recipients of the prize and board members of organizations that have received the prize in the past.

International solidarity for us means building up and strengthening working people and their organizations.

Without strong unions the crisis of unfair wealth distribution and social unrest can never be solved in a way that truly benefits working people. In this spirit we continue to award the Arthur Svensson award to working class heroes every year.

For nominations please use this form. Nominations can also be sent with attachments to

More on the prize here.

Previous winners here.