International Graphical Federation (IGF)

Fédération graphique internationale (FGI)
Federación Grafica Internacional
Internationale Graphische Föderation
Internationella Grafiska Federationen

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10-13 May 1949, Stockholm (Sweden), as Typographers International -- Internationale des typographes, by a joint meeting of International Typographers' Secretariat, International Federation of Bookbinders and Kindred Trades and International Federation of Lithographers, Process Workers and Kindred Trades, whose activities it took over, in collaboration with 8 graphical trade unions in the UK. Statutes adopted 10-13 May 1949, Stockholm. Current statutes adopted Nov 1994, Budapest (Hungary). Ceased to exist 1 Jan 2000 when merging with Communications International (CI), International Federation of Commercial, Clerical, Professional and Technical Employees (FIET) and Media and Entertainment International (MEI) to form UNI Global Union.


Safeguard the economic and professional interests of the employees (manual and non-manual) in the graphical and paper and board-converting trades of all countries and promote their solidarity.

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Pursues the minimum programme necessary to guarantee graphical workers a standard of living in keeping with technical developments. Disseminates information as to constitution, tariff conditions, apprenticeship systems, improvement of occupational training. Organizes international trade group conferences and congresses. Makes available statistical information concerning the graphical trade, provides moral and financial assistance in cases of collective action, regulates reciprocal obligations of the affiliated unions in foreign countries. Safeguards the interests of the members working in foreign countries, promoting the trade union idea in countries where there are at present no graphical trade unions. Represents graphical workers on international bodies concerned with the interests of the graphical trade.


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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 67 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Employees
    • Professions
  • Industry
    • Manufacturing Processes
    • Trades and Crafts
    • Paper
  • Research, Standards
    • Drafting, Graphics

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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