World Federation of Industry Workers (WFIW)

Fédération mondiale des travailleurs de l'industrie (FMTI)
Federación Mundial de Trabajadores de la Industria (FMTI)
Weltverband der Arbeitnehmer in Industriebetrieben (WAI)
Wereldfederatie van Werknemers uit Industriële Bedrijven (WIB)

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14 Oct 1985, Baden (Austria), at the Constituent Congress, as one of the International Trade Federations (ITF) of World Confederation of Labour (WCL), by merger of: European Federation Energy - Chemistry - Miscellaneous Industries; International Federation of Christian Miners' Unions (FISCM); International Federation for the Graphical Industries - WCL (IFGI); World Federation of Energy, Chemical and Various Industry Workers' Unions; World Federation for the Metallurgic Industry (WFM/WCL). WCL merged with International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) to form International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Nov 2006. Ceased to exist prior to 2008.


Promote cooperation at the world level between industry workers in all countries by providing member organizations with the necessary technical and material support where needed; achieve joint and solidarity actions among all workers represented with a view to attaining social justice as a prerequisite for respect for the dignity and nature of the workers and their personal and collective fulfillment; foster concerted actions at world level of all organizations representing workers in industry sectors.

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Studies, promotes, defends and represents the interests of affiliated industry workers with regional and world governmental and non-governmental institutions and bodies directly or indirectly involved in the problems of these workers; defends the right of trade union freedom for all workers; works to achieve permanent solidarity among organizations of the sectors represented by WFIW by drawing up a joint action programme at world level ensuring effective participation of workers in the overall changes in present society; defends and develops the original cultural values of all nations in the world through interventions with the international organizations concerned and through continuous actions ensuring effective participation of workers; develops at world level revindicative actions of workers in the various sectors and determines priorities in accordance with national and regional realities; implements training programmes with a view to the appointment and training of democratically elected trade union leaders at all levels; promotes and makes concrete unitary actions with other organizations for common problems of the workers represented by WFIW. Organizes: conferences; training seminars; meetings.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 52 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Workers
  • Industry
    • Industry

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



Last News Received

17. Sep 2008
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