Danish Confederation of Trade Unions

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Full nameLO, The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions
Native nameLO, Landsorganisationen i Danmark
Members1.1 million (2016)
AffiliationITUC, ETUC, TUAC, NFS
Key peoplePresident Lizette Risgaard
Office locationCopenhagen, Denmark
Websitelo.dk in English

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 about 1.1 million workers (450,000 of them are public sector employees and 650,000 of them are private sector employees)[1] 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. Lizette Risgaard, who became the first ever female President for LO-Denmark in October 2015, had worked her way slowly up the ladder and was for eight years the vice president.[2]


Union Headquarters President! Founded Members
United Federation of Danish Workers Kampmannsgade 4
1790 København V
Per Christensen 2004 c. 310,000
Danish Artist Union Skt. Annæ Gården
Dronningensgade 68, 4.
1420 København K
Lena Brostrøm Dideriksen c. 1,500
Blik og Rørarbejderforbundet Nyropsgade 14
1602 København V
Max Meyer 1890 c. +10,000
Danish Union of Electricians Nyropsgade 14
1602 København V
1904 c. 30,000
Danske Elitesportsudøveres Forening Frederiksholm Kanal 4., 2.
1220 København K
1904 c.
Danish Union of Public Employees Staunings Plads 1-3
København V
Dennis Kristensen 191,000
Fængselsforbundet Ramsingsvej 28 A, st. th.
2500 Valby
Danish Food and Allied Workers' Union Molestien 7
2450 København SV
Ole Wehlast 1980 c. 23,000
Union of Commercial and Clerical Employees in Denmark Weidekampsgade 8
0900 København C
1900 c. 363,000
Hærens Konstabel- og Korporalforening Kronprinsensgade 8
1114 København K.
1949 c. 4,000
Danish Handball Players’ Association c/o Spillerforeningen
Frederiksholms Kanal 4, 2.
1220 København K
2004 c. 500
Danish Railway Union Søndermarksvej 16
2500 Valby
2004 c. 5,600
Danish Painters' Union Nyropsgade 14
1602 København V
Jørn Erik Nielsen 1890
Danish Union of Metalworkers Molestien 7
2450 København SV
Claus Jensen 1888 c. 114,500
Danish Union of Service Employees Ramsingsvej 30
2500 Valby
John Dybart 1911 c. 24,000
Socialpædagogerne Brolæggerstræde 9
1211 København K
Benny Andersen c. 36,000
Danish Football Players’ Association Frederiksholms Kanal 4, 2.
1220 København K
Lean Bach-Nielsen 1997 c. 650
Danish Union of Professional Technicians Nørre Voldgade 12
1358 København K
Gita Grüning, 1997 c. 30,000

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  1. ^ "An introduction to LO – the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions" (PDF). LO. January 2016. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  2. ^ http://www.nordiclabourjournal.org/artikler/portrett/portrait-2015/article.2015-11-24.5699432597