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Nominations are open for the Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights 2021

We hereby invite unions all over the world to nominate candidates for next year's award of the Arthur Svensson international prize for trade union rights. Deadline is 1st of January 2021. 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.

Purpose The main purpose of the prize 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 strengthen trade union organizing around the world.

Amongst the previous winners we find leaders and activists of the teachers union in Bahrain, the Miners union in Mexico, textile workers in Cambodia and many more. Last year the Chilean trade union leader, Barbara Figueroa, was awarded the prize.

Previous winners here.


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.

Who can nominate? Representatives and employees of trade unions throughout the world can nominate candidates for the prize.

Nomination requirements

The nomination must include arguments why the candidate deserves the prize. It must also be clear who is making the nomination and the nominator’s relation to the proposed candidate.

Nominations must be completed in one of the following languages: Norwegian, English, French or Spanish.

The nomination deadline is January the 1st 2021, but we encourage to start the nomination process as soon as possible. The nominees will be judged on to what extent the person or organization has promoted union rights and/or union organizing in the world.

For justified nominations please use this form.

Nominations can also be sent with attachments to


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