Union to Union – Organising for decent work and democracy

Union to Union is the Swedish trade union movement’s organisation for international development cooperation. We work for decent work, democracy, equality, a fair distribution of resources, reduced poverty and sustainable development. To create a decent life for all, we promote human rights at work and support the creation and the strengthening of unions.

Union to Union is a secular and non-partisan non-profit organisation. Its members are the LO (the Swedish Trade Union Confederation), TCO (the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees and Saco (the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations). Our work is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The Global Context

While globalisation provides opportunities it has also increased income inequality. A growing number of people do back-breaking work for very low compensation. Unemployment is continually high. Women, more often than men, are found among the so called ”working poor”, toiling under extremely precarious conditions.

Working peoples’ possibilities to take control over their situation and have a say is made more difficult by widespread threats, harassment and murder of trade unionists.

The Way We Work

Support through Union to Union is primarily used to strengthen trade unions’ capacity to recruit, organise, administrate, educate, negotiate and influence. Strong free and democratic trade unions that represent a large number of the working population are an effective way to reduce poverty and improve working conditions.

The work is carried out by existing independent trade union organisations. It is precisely the large international network of free, democratic trade unions and their global federations that makes trade development cooperation possible. The trade union movement is the world’s largest social movement – no other global movement has more members. Our mutual goal is decent working and living conditions for all.

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