ICFTU-APRO South Pacific and Oceanic Council of Trade Unions (SPOCTU)

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27 July 1990, Suva (Fiji), at inaugural conference, following decision of a meeting of trade union leaders of the region, 28 Apr 1989, Brisbane (Australia). Comes within the framework of International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) as a sub-structure of International Trade Union Confederation - Asian and Pacific Regional Organization (ITUC-AP). A similar organization, Pacific Trade Union Community, which had been set up in 1980 as Pacific Trade Union Forum, was dissolved 26 July 1990, in favour of SPOCTU. Ceased to exist.


Act as the trade union body of the region to give collective expression to demands and aspirations of trade unions as representatives of the working people; provide a permanent platform for exchange of views and experience and for formulation of policies and proposals for action to develop and strengthen free and democratic trade unions in the area; secure full recognition of rights of working people in the area to establish free and democratic trade unions for defence and advancement of their legitimate economic and social interests; promote mutual assistance to safeguard trade union rights and freedom against encroachments; represent the free trade union movement in international agencies in the South Pacific which perform functions affecting social and economic conditions of working people in the area; strengthen solidarity between free trade unions in the area and those of Asia and the world; facilitate effective coordination of solidarity support extended by international trade union bodies and related institutions, including individual affiliates of Australian and New Zealand confederations, to trade unions in the area; further the cultural, economic, political and social interests of the peoples of the area in accordance with principles and policies established by the international free trade union movement.

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Trade union education programme (3-year project to December 2001).


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 inter-governmental organizations.
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Members in 14 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Workers
  • Peace
    • Rights
  • Solidarity
    • Solidarity

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



Last News Received

20. May 1999
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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