Global Union Federations (GUF)

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History

19 Sep 1913, Zurich (Switzerland), following International Trade Union Conference, 16-18 Sep 1913, to group individual industry and/or occupation International Trade Secretariats (ITS) which trade unions had started to organize internationally in the late 19th century. First links had been made 1885, London (UK); the first ITS (that for tobacco) was formed in 1889, and a first joint conference took place 1901, Copenhagen (Denmark), on the initiative of Scandinavian, British and German trade unions; by 1911 there were 28 ITS (21 based in Germany). International Trade Secretariats Coordinating Committee -- Comité de coordination des Secretariats professionnels internationaux, set up Mar 1949, Bournemouth (UK), was replaced, June 1952 by International Trade Secretariats Liaison Office, which soon ceased to function. In Dec 1949, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) was formed of democratic national trade union central organizations. Original title: International Trade Secretariats (ITS) -- Secrétariats professionnels internationaux (SPI) -- Secretariados Profesionales Internacionales -- Internationale Berufssekretariate. Current title adopted in 2002. The GUF (currently 11), while constitutionally independent, are formally associated and work closely with International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC). All GUFs, ITUC and TUAC constitute Council of Global Unions (CGU), created Jan 2007.

Aims

Represent the international trade union movement.

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Activities

GUF met together annually for a General Conference until 2007, when the Conference was replaced by Council of Global Unions (CGU) meetings. Each GUF has a programme of meetings and activities for unions in its own sector.

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English, French, Spanish.

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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Workers

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

UIA Org ID

F5824

Last News Received

2019
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