LO, The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions

LO, The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (Danish: LO, Landsorganisationen i Danmark or simply LO) was founded in 1898 and is an umbrella organisation (the largest of the three national trade union centers in Denmark) for 18 Danish trade unions.

The LO has a membership of 1,224,108 and cooperates with the two other Danish trade union centers, i.e. the AC – The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the FTF – Confederation of Professionals in Denmark.

Members of the 18 trade unions of the LO are typically skilled or unskilled manual labourers, tradesmen and blue-collar workers from the working class. Members may have a vocational education, but not a college or academic degree. A typical LO-member occupies a lower class position in society and earns an hourly wage.

LO-members are e.g. blue-collar workers, cleaners, bus drivers, plumbers, electricians, nursing assistants, hairdressers, painters, cosmeticians, gardeners, iron workers, dairymen, secretaries, technicians, assistants, etc.

The LO is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) and the Council of Nordic Trade Unions (NFS).

The LO carries the role of coordinating collective bargaining. It also seeks to influence the government and the political parties when it comes to drafting and implementing legislation, especially in relation to labour market policies. It represents the trade union movement's interests on various boards, commissions and committees.

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