World Federation of Trade Unions

World Federation of Trade Unions

World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)
WFTU logo
Full name World Federation of Trade Unions
Founded October 3, 1945
Members 78 million workers of 210 trade union organizations, from 105 countries across all five inhabited continents (2011)[1]
Affiliation International
Key people
Office location Athens, Greece
Country International
Website www.wftucentral.org

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) was established in 1945 to replace the

  • World Federation of Trade Unions Web Site
  • Recollections of the WFTU's activities in 1968
  • Guide to World Federation of Trade Unions. Reports and Minutes, 1945-1949. 5396mf. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.

External links

  • Fabio BERTINI, Gilliatt e la piovra. Il sindacalismo internazionale dalle origini ad oggi (1776-2006), Roma, Aracne, 2011

Bibliography

  1. ^ "WFTU Report of Action 2006-2010". 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  2. ^ Richard Felix Staar, Foreign policies of the Soviet Union, Hoover Press, 1991, ISBN 0-8179-9102-6, p.84
  3. ^ TUIs CONTACT DETAILS
  4. ^ Facts about international Communist front organisations 1957 p. 55
  5. ^ Coldrick, A. Percy and Jones, Philip. The international directory of the trade union movement New York : Facts on File, [1978] pp. 170–71
  6. ^ Directory of World Federation of Trade Unions Washington Office of International Labor Affairs, June 1955 pp. 47–49
  7. ^ Facts about international Communist front organisations] pp. 31–32
  8. ^ Directory of World Federation of Trade Unions 1955 p. 48
  9. ^ Directory of World Federation of Trade Unions Washington Office of International Labor Affairs, December 1958 p. 52
  10. ^ Directory of World Federation of Trade Unions 1955 p. 49
  11. ^ Directory of World Federation of Trade Unions December 1958 p. 56
  12. ^ a b Project for Articles of Association p. 16
  13. ^ Coldrick, A. Percy and Jones, Philip. The international directory of the trade union movement New York : Facts on File, [1978] p. 183
  14. ^ The World Federation of Trade Unions, 1945-1985. Prague; Published by the WTFU in cooperation with PRACE Czechoslovak Trade Unions 1985 pp. 156–7
  15. ^ a b Europa World Year Book London; Taylor & Francis, 2004 p.342
  16. ^ Report of Action 2006-2010 p. 106
  17. ^ Report of Action 2006-2010 p. 116
  18. ^ Initial intervention of Congress Founding - Feb. 5, 2014

References

See also

The Trade Union International of Workers in Tourism and Hotels[16] was founded in 2009, the Trade Union International of Banks, Insurance and Financial Unions Employees[17] in 2011 and the Trade Union International of Trade Unions of Pensioners and Retired Persons in 2014.[18]

In 1997 the Trade Union International of Agroalimentary, Food, Commerce, Textile & Allied Industries was formed by the merger of the Trade Union International of Agricultural, Forestry and Plantation Workers, Trade Union International of Food, Tobacco, Hotel and Allied Industries Workers, Trade Union International of Workers in Commerce, Trade Union International of Textile, Leather and Fur Workers Unions.[15]

After the dissolution of the Eastern bloc, the Trade Unions International of Energy Workers and the Trade Union International of Metal and Engineering Workers temporarily suspended operations. In 1998 a conference was held in in Trade Unions International of Energy Workers in 2007. This left the metal workers an opportunity create a new TUI the next year, Trade Union International of Workers in the Mining, the Metallurgy and the Metal Industries.[12][15]

Post-Cold War developments

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Other than the initial eleven, two new TUIs were formed during the course of the Cold War:

Over time, some of these original eleven would expand their bases, change their names or merge:

During the late 1940s, the WFTU unsuccessfully tried to reach an agreement with already existing international trade secretariats. When the Union split in 1949 they were left without an organization at the level of specific industries. Therefore they created the:

The TUI system has gone through a number of transformations in its over 60 years of existence. The earliest TUI was the . The following Trade Unions Internationals are constituted within the WFTU:[3] .

Trade Union Internationals

National affiliates of the WFTU include:

National Affiliates

Affiliates

WFTU poster urging solidarity with the Bolivian Workers' Center.

The WFTU holds consultative status with the FAO, and other UN agencies. It maintains permanent missions in New York, Geneva, and Rome.

As part of its efforts to advance its international agenda, the WFTU develops working partnerships with national and industrial trade unions worldwide as well as with a number of international and regional trade union organizations including the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions (ICATU), the Permanent Congress of Trade Union Unity of Latin America (CPUSTAL), and the General Confederation of Trade Unions of CIS countries.

In Africa, unions of major importance such as COSATU in South Africa, are debating the issue of affiliation with the WFTU.

In recent years, the WFTU has successfully managed to recruit several trade unions of importance in Europe, amongst which the Rail Maritime Trade Union in Great Britain, the Unione Sindicale di Base in Italy. In France, the CGT federation of food processing industry has maintained its affiliation with the WFTU. The CGT federation of Chemical industries sent delegates to the last congress in Athens in 2011. In 2013, two local CGT railway workers branches have taken steps to become affiliates with the WFTU.

The WFTU has declined precipitously in the past twenty years since the fall of the Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Third World, campaigning against imperialism, racism, poverty, environmental degradation and exploitation of workers under capitalism and in defense of full employment, social security, health protection, and trade union rights. The WFTU continues to devote much of its energy to organizing conferences, issuing statements and producing educational materials.

History

Contents

  • History 1
  • Affiliates 2
    • National Affiliates 2.1
    • Trade Union Internationals 2.2
      • Post-Cold War developments 2.2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4
    • Bibliography 4.1
  • External links 5

. Soviet Union, left later when their governments had ideological differences with the China and Yugoslavia A number of those unions, including those from [2]