Wanja Lundby-Wedin

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Wanja Lundby-Wedin
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Wanja Lundby-Wedin after being elected President of the European Trade Union Confederation
Born (1952-10-19) 19 October 1952 (age 64)
Enskede, Södermanland, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Occupation Nurse, trade union leader.
Political party Swedish Social Democratic Party

Wanja Elisabeth Lundby-Wedin (born 19 October 1952 in Enskede, Södermanland, Sweden) was the President of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (Swedish: Landsorganisationen i Sverige or LO) from 2000 to 2012. From May 2007 until May 2011, she was the President of the European Trade Union Confederation.


Trade union career[edit]

After having worked as a nursing auxiliary at Högdalen hospital in southern Stockholm, Lundby-Wedin studied to become assistant nurse, and started to work at Danderyd hospital north of Stockholm. There, she got her first trade union assignment, as union liaison officer for the Swedish Municipal Workers' Union. In 1981 she was employed as union representative at the Stockholm branch of the union, and in 1987 she became Head of the Department for Environmental Issues at its national headquarters. In 1994 she became Vice President of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation and at the confederation's congress in September 2000 she was elected President, thereby becoming the first women on that post.[1]

President of the ETUC[edit]

On 25 May 2007 Wanja Lundby-Wedin was elected the President of the European Trade Union Confederation, ETUC.[2] She thus became the first female president of the ETUC as well as the first ETUC president from Sweden. In her acceptance speech she emphasised her support for solid welfare systems and criticised the migration and refugee policy of the European Union.[citation needed]

Role in the Social Democratic party[edit]

In the capacity of President of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, Lundby-Wedin is also a member of the Executive of the Social Democratic Party. In 2006, she was mentioned in the media as one of the possible candidates to lead the party[3] after Göran Persson resigned the party leadership following the defeat in the 2006 parliamentary election. She did not show any public interest in the post, and told journalists she considered Mona Sahlin, who later received the post, a good candidate, although she refused to name a favourite.[4] In the final months before the leadership election her name was no longer generally mentioned in the discussion.

Other assignments[edit]

Lundby-Wedin has also held the following posts:[1]

  • ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation], member of the executive committee and deputy member of the steering committee
  • Council of Nordic Trade Unions, member of the executive committee
  • President of the insurance company Folksam - non-life insurances
  • Board member of AFA Insurance
  • Board member of AMF Pensions

Personal life[edit]

Lundby-Wedin is married and has two children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c She is currently at the centre of a debate about what she knew and/or contributed to the awarding of a 60 million kronor pension deal to her predecessor, or to the large bonus-based yearly salary (totaling 40 million kronor over his period of employment).[1] "Wanja Lundby-Wedin, President of LO-Sweden". LO. 
  2. ^ "Election of the new leadership of the European Trade Union Confederation". ETUC. 
  3. ^ "Vem tar över efter Göran Persson?" (in Swedish). Göteborgs-Posten. 
  4. ^ "Sahlin är inte fackets fiende – anser LO:s ordförande" (in Swedish). LO-tidningen. 

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Preceded by
Bertil Jonsson
President of LO
Succeeded by
Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson
Preceded by
Cándido Méndez Rodríguez
President of ETUC
Succeeded by
Ignacio Fernández Toxo