World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)

Fédération syndicale mondiale (FSM)
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1945-10-03 Paris France


Founded by the World Trade Union Congress, a preliminary Conference having been held 6-17 Feb 1945, London (UK). Constitution adopted Oct 1945, Paris (France), and amended: 1949, Milan (Italy); 1957, Leipzig (German DR); 1965, Warsaw (Poland); 1969, Budapest (Hungary); 1973, Varna (Bulgaria); 1978, Prague (Czechoslovakia); 1990, Moscow (Russia); 1994, Damascus (Syrian AR); 2011, Athens (Greece).


Prime objective is emancipation of workers by means of:

(a) combating all forms of exploitation of people and obtaining and guaranteeing living conditions and working conditions for all workers which would allow them the widest possible benefits from the fruits of their labour, including:

  • -the right to work for all and the guarantee of this right;
  • -full and adequate social security legislation to protect workers and their families in the event of sickness and old age and every other type of assistance and social security;
  • -training, education and culture for all workers, thus enabling them to gain access to any responsibility or position within their capabilities.

(b) fighting for: final elimination of all forms of exploitation, domination or expansionism in the political, economic, social, cultural or racial spheres; assurance of the freedom and security of all peoples; elimination of underdevelopment; assurance of the economic and political independence of all peoples; establishment of a new, just, international economic order;

(c) achieving social, economic and political democracy, the defence and development of workers' and trade unions' rights and freedoms, respect for human rights and the implementation of the Universal Declaration of Trade Union Rights;

(d) international detente, establishment of a just and lasting peaceful coexistence amongst all states, mutually advantageous cooperation amongst all peoples, an end to the arms race, especially in nuclear arms and progressive arms reduction leading to general and complete disarmament.


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World Trade Union Congress (WTUC) (initially every 4 years, now every 5); General Council (meets once between Congresses); Presidential Council (governing body between sessions of General Council), consisting of President, Vice-Presidents, General Secretary and representatives of the 6 Trade Union Internationals (TUIs) formed within WFTU. Secretariat, headed by General Secretary.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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