International Federation of Free Teachers' Unions (IFFTU)

Secrétariat professionnel international de l'enseignement (SPIE)
Secretariado Profesional Internacional de la Enseñanza (SPIE)
Internationale Vereinigung Freier Lehrergewerkschaften (IVFL)

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1951-08-06 Paris France


6-7 Aug 1951, Paris (France), an organization of the same name having been set up previously, 26-27 Nov 1926, Brussels (Belgium), absorbing, Jul 1946, Paris, H-XH0484 - Internationale des travailleurs de l'enseignement (ITE), set up 1922, and developing, 1949, into B-XB3535 - Fédération internationale syndicale de l'enseignement (FISE). The listed IFFTU (prior organization having been known by French initials SPIE) developed from the splitting off from WFTU of non-Communist trade unions and the formation, 1949, of H-XA1667 - International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU). IFFTU's foundation resulted from recommendations, Apr 1951, of a World Congress of Intellectual Workers organized by ICFTU. Statutes adopted 1953, Neuchâtel (Switzerland), were revised 1972. New constitution adopted 1985, Marseille (France); revised 1989, Toronto (Canada). Also referred to in English as International Trade Secretariat of Teachers. Originally known in German as Internationales Berufs Secretariat der Lehrer (IBSL). World Congress, 26 Jan 1993, Stockholm (Sweden), decided IFFTU would officially cease to exist as of 31 Dec 1993, on merger with H-XA3491 - World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession (WCOTP), to form B-XB1111 - Education International (EI). However, the organization ceased to exist de facto (although not de jure) as of 31 Jan 1993.


Foster cooperation and friendship among peoples, especially through education, striving for peace and social justice in all countries of the world; assist in establishing, maintaining and developing unions of teachers and educational workers, particularly in countries where conditions impede the growth of the free trade union movement; seek recognition of teachers' and educational workers' rights, especially to negotiate living, working and employment conditions, through collective bargaining, and to participate in planning and organizing education; through solidarity and mutual cooperation of affiliated organizations, improve material and moral conditions of teachers and their methods and means of action; represent teachers, educational workers and (in agreement with national organizations) defend interests of affiliates before appropriate bodies; further joint action of unions whose countries are members of a supranational organization; defend freedom and secure spread of culture, education and the development of teaching in all countries and for the benefit of all children without discrimination.


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Congress (every 4 years); Executive Committee; Officers: President, 3 Vice-Presidents and General Secretary. Regional structures and representatives for each continent; Regional Committees in Asia and Latin America established 1972. Membership open; meetings closed.


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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality



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