International Federation of Building and Wood Workers (IFBWW)

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History

15-17 Aug 1891, Brussels (Belgium). Present title adopted 1 Apr 1934, Amsterdam, on merger with two independent international trade secretariats: Building Workers International, formed in 1903, and 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: International Secretariat of Stone Masons, created in 1903, Zurich (Switzerland), and 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 World Federation of Building and Woodworkers Unions (WFBWU), to form Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), Dec 2005.

Aims

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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Activities

Activities are carried out through committees and working parties. Organizes: quadrennial congress; regional conferences; conferences on subjects of concern to members. Extends moral and sometimes financial support to member unions experiencing difficulties caused by widespread or protracted industrial conflict, related to IFBWW sectors. Defends trade union and human rights and signed global company agreements with several large firms. Sets up trade union development projects internationally. Promotes social dialogue at national, regional and international levels. Programmes launched: Global Forestry; Global Health and Safety; Global Information Technology; Global Women; Children. Attempts to improve women and migrant workers' issues and elimination of child labour in IFBWW sectors.

Structure

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Languages

English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish.

Staff

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Financing

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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 7 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 8 non-governmental organizations.
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Publications

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Members

Members in 123 countries
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Type I Classification

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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Workers
  • Industry
    • Timber
    • Wood Products
    • Construction
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Forestry

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

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

UIA Org ID

B1871

Last News Received

2006
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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