United Federation of Trade Unions

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Full name United Federation of Trade Unions
Native name Fellesforbundet
Founded 8 May 1988
Members 157,000
Affiliation LO
Key people Arve Bakke, president
Office location Oslo, Norway
Country Norway
Website http://www.fellesforbundet.no

The United Federation of Trade Unions (Norwegian: Fellesforbundet) is a trade union in Norway. With a membership of 150,000[1] it is the largest private sector union in Norway.

It is affiliated with the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO).[1] The union organizes mainly members in the iron and metal industry, the shipbuilding industry, graphical sector, car repair workshops, aircraft repair workshops, hotel- and restaurants, the textile industry, the shoe industry, the building trade, the building industry, the paper industry, graphical branches, fish farming, and agriculture and forestry. More than 200 different trades and occupations are covered by the union.

It was established on 8 May 1988 as a merger between the unions Norwegian Union of Clothing Workers (Bekledningsarbeiderforbundet, established 1890), Norwegian Union of Building Industry Workers (Norsk Bygningsindustriarbeiderforbund, established 1923), Norwegian Union of Iron and Metalworkers (Norsk Jern- og Metallarbeiderforbund, established 1891), Norwegian Union of Paper Industry Workers (Norsk Papirindustriarbeiderforbund, established 1913) and the Norwegian Union of Forestry and Land Workers (Norsk Skog- og Landarbeiderforbund, established 1927). The Norwegian Graphical Union (Norsk Grafisk Forbund, established 1882) joined in 2006 and the Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union in Norway (Norsk Hotell- og Restaurantarbeiderforbund, established 1932) joined in 2007.[1][2]

Presidents have been John Stene (1988–1991), Kjell Bjørndalen (1991–2007) and Arve Bakke (2007–present).


  1. ^ a b c Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Fellesforbundet". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "In English". United Federation of Trade Unions. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  • ICTUR et al.,, ed. (2005). Trade Unions of the World (6th ed.). London, UK: John Harper Publishing. ISBN 0-9543811-5-7. 

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