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1913-09-19 Zurich Switzerland


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, Jun 1952 by H-XH2642 - International Trade Secretariats Liaison Office, which soon ceased to function. In Dec 1949, H-XA1667 - 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 A-XM2085 - International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and E-XE3320 - Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC). All GUFs, ITUC and TUAC constitute Council of Global Unions (CGU), created Jan 2007.


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