International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF)

Fédération internationale des travailleurs du textile, de l'habillement et du cuir (FITTHC)
Federación Internacional de Trabajadores del Textil, Vestuario y Cuero (FITTVC)
Internationale Textil-, Bekleidungs- und Lederarbeiter-Vereinigung (ITBLAV)

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5 June 1970, Folkestone (UK), by merger of: International Garment Workers Federation, set up in 1893; International Federation of Textile Workers' Associations, created in 1894, Manchester (UK); International Shoe and Leather Workers' Federation (ISLWF), set up in 1907. The first two federations had merged, 17 June 1960, Copenhagen (Denmark), to become International Textile and Garment Workers' Federation (ITGWF) -- Fédération internationale des travailleurs des industries du textile et de l'habillement -- Internationale Textil- und Bekleidungsarbeiter-Vereinigung -- Internationella Textil- och Becklädnadsarbetarefederationen, the name under which the present Federation was also first known. Statutes of ITGLWF adopted at Special Congress, 5 June 1970, Folkestone (UK), and amended: 1972, Amsterdam (Netherlands); 1976, Dublin (Ireland); 1980, Vienna (Austria); 1984, Tel Aviv (Israel); 1988, Tokyo (Japan); 1992, Espinho (Portugal); 1996, Melbourne (Australia); 2000, Norrköping (Sweden); 2004, Istanbul (Turkey); 2009, Frankfurt (Germany). Nov 2007, integrated International Federation Textile and Clothing (IFTC-WCL). Dissolution process started, June 2012, on merger with International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF) and International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM), to become IndustriALL Global Union (IndustriALL), and terminated end 2013.


Promote fraternal cooperation among textile, garment, shoe and leather workers of all countries and protect and improve their economic, social and cultural interests; foster awareness of fellowship among all workers of these trades, without distinction of nationality, colour, race or religious denomination; establish, promote and maintain free democratic trade unions of textile, garment, shoe and leather workers in all countries, and unite these in a strong international organization; ensure protection of workers against all dangers arising from their employment in these industries; support national and international action arising in the struggle against economic exploitation and political oppression of workers, with a view to raising their status and improving their well-being; secure genuine equality for women employed in the sector to ensure their integration into trade union organizations and promote their participation in activities and decision-making at all levels; cooperate in the establishment of a world order based on association of all peoples in freedom and equality for the protection of their common welfare by joint use of the earth's resources.

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Informs affiliates of economic, industrial and social developments within sectors covered by their activities; investigates rates of pay, working conditions and social, economic and technical developments; when necessary, supports affiliates engaged in industrial disputes; promotes trade unions in countries where they do not exist, or helps to strengthen where they are weak; organizes International Congresses, regional seminars and symposia and conferences of individual trade groups.


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Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 8 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Workers
  • Amenities
    • Living Conditions
    • Clothing
  • Industry
    • Textiles, Cordage
    • Leather, Hides, Fur

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



Last News Received

8. Nov 2011
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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