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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Stephen Pursey of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions seeks a social clause that would cover freedom of association and collective bargaining, child labor, discrimination, and forced labor.
The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) endorsed on 22 June a draft constitution for the organisation which will come into force in the autumn, and which will finally unite the two main currents, lay and Christian, present in global trade unionism.
Agrees Janet Kuczkiewicz, director of trade union tights at the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), "The prevailing climate of violence against trade union leaders, activists and members has given rise to an atmosphere of anxiety amongst workers, who are often intimidated or threatened during collective bargaining or strikes."
It is a long overdue history of the birth of the two international labour centres, which shared the second half of the last Century, the recently-disbanded world Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU, the "winner" and current home of the international labour movement).
The Brussels-based International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) said in a statement issued Tuesday that China's "record of violations of its workers' most basic human rights is already causing grave problems for its trading partners." Such violations are particularly hurting developing countries, which are finding it impossible to compete with Chinese exports, ICFTU Secretary General Bill Jordan said.
ORIT (the Inter-American Regional Workers Organization), an organization of unions affiliated to the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), has stressed the importance of establishing cross-border agreements among unions negotiating with the same transnational firms in different countries.
In this repressive atmosphere, two distinct streams of trade union activism evolved: the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, a mouthpiece for Beijing begun in the thirties as a front group for Mao's Communist Party, today part of the official All-China Federation of Trade Unions; and an alliance of several dozen genuinely independent unions representing teachers, civil servants and the telecommunications industry, these last all members of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.
Meanwhile, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) said on February 3 that it had "strong reservations" about President Uribe's visit to the European Parliament.
At this conference last year, I made the point that right-wing unions within the Asian and Pacific Regional Organization (APRO) of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), particularly Rengo, are demanding that the ACFTU be permitted to join the ICFTU.
The model of development that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are promoting, says Petrovic, who is editor-in-chief of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions' Central and Eastern European Network Bulletin, "is anti-worker and anti-unionist."
The tariff cuts in China's car sector =alone are expected to result in 10 million Chinese workers losing their =jobs, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions said in a =statement.
Affiliates of the international Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and international sectoral groups (trade secretariats) have created an Asia-Pacific Labour Network.
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