World Organization of Workers (WOW)

Organisation mondiale des travailleurs
Organización Mundial de Trabajadores
Weltorganisation der Arbeitnehmer

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Statutes adopted 17 May 1946, Luxembourg.


As a trade union of initially Christian social orientation but opened to all religious convictions: exercise influence at international level in economic and social fields, for the benefit of all categories of workers; defend moral and material interests of members, particularly in international institutions dealing with social and economic issues; coordinate actions of member organizations to protect their members' interests; study social, economic and occupational matters of interest to members; stimulate constitution and/or affiliation of national federations of clerical workers. Statutory preoccupations: human dignity; self-fulfillment through labour; justice through equal opportunities; solidarity; public care as the responsibility of government; democracy and participation as a basis for decision making; tolerance and equality as a basic for democratic, pluralist society; the family as the basis of society.


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Congress (every 4 years), consisting of delegates of affiliated organizations. European Council (every 4 years, between sessions of Congress), comprising at least one representative of each European member organization. World Board (meets annually) consisting of at least 6 Vice-Presidents, Treasurer and World-President. European Board (meets at least 4 times a year). Regional organizations (6): D-XD5031 - Asian Brotherhood of Clerical Workers (ABCW); E-XE2258 - European Organization of the World Organization of Workers (EO/WOW); D-XD0458 - Federación Latinoamericana de Trabajadores Bancarios, de Seguros y Servicios Afines (FELATRABS); D-XD8487 - Federación Latinoamericana de Trabajadores de la Cultura y de la Comunicación Social (FELATRACCS); D-XD1167 - Federación de Trabajadores Latinoamericanos del Comercio, Oficinas y Empresas Privadas de Servicios (FETRALCOS); D-XD6563 - Fédération panafricaine des employés (FPE). Standing professional sections in Europe for: Finance; Industry; Commerce. International Secretariat located in Brussels (Belgium). Meetings closed.


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GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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