International Federation of Building and Wood Workers (IFBWW)

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1891-08-15 Brussels Belgium


15-17 Aug 1891, Brussels (Belgium). Present title adopted 1 Apr 1934, Amsterdam, on merger with two independent international trade secretariats: H-XH3548 - Building Workers International, formed in 1903, and H-XH2794 - Woodworkers International, set up 13 Aug 1904, Amsterdam (Netherlands). Forestry workers, organized in various national organizations, began to join IFBWW in the 1930s and two further independent international trade secretariats joined the Federation in 1947: H-XH2448 - International Secretariat of Stone Masons, created in 1903, Zurich (Switzerland), and H-XH2446 - International Secretariat of Painters and Similar Professions, set up 10 Sep 1904. Headquarters moved from Amsterdam to Copenhagen (Denmark) in 1951 and, in 1970, from Copenhagen to Geneva (Switzerland), where it is currently located. Current statutes adopted at Congress, 4 Sep 2001, Copenhagen. Merged with H-XC2961 - World Federation of Building and Woodworkers Unions (WFBWU), to form B-XM1784 - Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), Dec 2005.


Unite workers of the building, woodworking and forestry industries in all countries where such workers are permitted to organize themselves in free trade unions; promote efforts to organize trade unions in the industries concerned in countries where these do not exist; strengthen international solidarity of the workers concerned; safeguard and promote their social, economic and cultural interests by supporting trade union activities in all countries and coordinating and directing them at international level; support the establishment of viable free trade unions for building, wood and forestry workers in developing countries; establish friendly relations among affiliated unions; support collectively the fight against exploitation of workers nationally and generally.


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Congress (every 4 years). Executive Committee (meets twice in-between Congresses), consisting of 31 representatives from 19 member groups. Management Committee (meets twice a year), comprising President, Deputy-President, General Secretary and 8 further members. Regional Offices (2): K-XK0956 - BWI Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific; K-XK0955 - BWI Latin American and Caribbean Regional Office. Sub-regional and Education Offices located in Bulgaria, Lebanon, South Africa, Indonesia, Burkina Faso, Japan, Australia and India. Industrial Committees (3): IFBWW Building; IFBWW Wood and Forestry; IFBWW Health and Safety. International Women's Committee.


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GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 15: Life on Land



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