International Confederation of Free Trade Unions

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International Confederation of Free Trade Unions

A former association of trade unions in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa. It formed in 1949 as a number of unions (including the AFL-CIO in the United States) objected to the increasingly communist leanings of the World Federation of Trade Unions. Its membership increased to over 100 million following the end of the Cold War. In 2006, it merged with the World Confederation of Labor to form the International Trade Union Confederation.
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The ICFTU complained about the killing in a letter to the ILO dated May 11, 2004.
This work included the establishment of the South Pacific and Oceanic Council of Trade Unions (SPOCTU) with extensive trans-Tasman union patronage and participating within the ICFTU led mission to Fiji in 1988.
i) ICEM=International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers Unions; (ii) IFBWW=International Federation of Building and Woodworkers; (iii) IUF=International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Association; (iv) IMF=International Metalworkers' Federation; (v) UNI=Union Network International; and (vi) for details visit the websites of the GUFs, links also available at ICFTU website: http://www.
Communication from Duncan Pruett, Information and Information Technology Coordinator, ICFTU to tld-interest@icann.
Founded in 1949, the ICFTU now has a membership of 156 million in 148 countries around the world.
The ICFTU, which is made up of 241 member organizations worldwide, is represented by the Inter-American Regional Organization of Workers, a 33-member umbrella group representing 45 million workers in 29 countries in Latin America.
In a July 2005 meeting, the Doing Business team told the ICFTU that it did not advise countries to carry out labor deregulation on the basis of their hiring and firing indicators relative to those of other countries and stated that anyone who did so was "misinterpreting" the indicators.
Nancy Riche, Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress and Chair of the ICFTU Women's Committee will join workers who have overcome obstacles in their efforts to organize at their workplace.
Such violations are particularly hurting developing countries, which are finding it impossible to compete with Chinese exports, ICFTU Secretary General Bill Jordan said.
The Action Programme adopted by the International Federation of Building and Wood Workers at its 20th Congress (September 1997) states that the Federation `in cooperation with the ICFTU, will lobby with the G-10 states and the European Union to support the implementation of an international tax on monetary speculation "Tobintax".
Such acts of persuasion have according to the ICFTU included abduction, torture and even in a number of cases in the Philippines and Guatemala, murder.
The ICFTU survey found that 184 trade unionists were murdered in Colombia in 2002.