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ITUC Mission. “It has been the historic role of trade unionism, and remains its mission, to better the conditions of work and life of working women and men and their families, and to strive for human rights, social justice, gender equality, peace, freedom and democracy.

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International trade union confederation

ITUC Mission

“It has been the historic role of trade unionism, and remains its mission, to better the conditions of work and life of working women and men and their families, and to strive for human rights, social justice, gender equality, peace, freedom and democracy.

More than ever in its history, confronted by unbridled capitalist globalization, effective internationalism is essential to the future strength of trade unionism and its capacity to realize that mission.

The Confederation calls on the workers of the world to unite in its ranks, to make of it the instrument needed to call forth a better future for them and for all humanity.”

International Trade Union Confederation


International trade union confederation

ITUC Overview

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is the world's largest trade union federation. It was formed in November 2006 out of the merger of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and the World Confederation of Labour (WCL). The Founding Congress of the ITUC was held in Vienna and was preceded by the dissolution congresses of both the ICFTU and the WCL.

The ITUC comprises the affiliated organizations of the former ICFTU and WCL together with eight other national trade union organizations that will for, the first time, affiliate to a global body. These groups are expected to include the Confédération générale du travail in France and the Argentine Workers' Center. The World Federation of Trade Unions, will remain independent.

The ITUC represents 166 million workers through its 309 affiliated organizations within 156 countries and territories.

International Trade Union Confederation


International trade union confederation

  • Reform Priority #1: Reform the World Bank and IMF to create effective instruments to fight global inequity.

    • Regulate financial institutions to support rights of all workers and citizens.

    • Establish requirements to provide social safety nets, maintain school participation, create jobs, outlaw child labor, and respect core labor standards.

International Trade Union Confederation


International trade union confederation

  • Reform Priority #2: Reassign vote allocation to remove inappropriate and disproportional influence of multinational corporations and the United States.

    • Borrowers and creditors should have an equal number of votes.

International Trade Union Confederation


International trade union confederation

  • Reform Priority #3: Strengthen conditions World Bank and IMF funds to require a respect for workers rights to organize into unions and engage in collective bargaining.

  • Initial Success: In December 2006, the World Bank accepted our proposal to attach these requirements to $8 Billion worth of funds.

  • Establish metrics and oversight to hold borrower nations accountable to these standards.

International Trade Union Confederation


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