International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

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The International Trade Union Confederation and its Global Unions partners are calling for the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) to overhaul the multilateral system and take bold action to ensure a new social contract for a sustainable recovery.

About International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC):

  • It is an organization established in 2006, that promotes the trade union movement.
  • It represents 176 million workers in 161 countries and territories and has 325 national affiliates.
  • Mission: Promotion and defence of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions. 
  • Its main areas of activity include the following: trade union and human rights; economy, society and the workplace; equality and non-discrimination; and international solidarity.
  • It is governed by four-yearly world congresses, a General Council and an Executive Bureau.
  • It works closely with the International Labour Organisation and with several other UN Specialised Agencies.
  • Headquarters: Belgium


Q1) What is a Trade Union?

A trade union is an organisation made up of members (a membership-based organisation) and its membership must be made up mainly of workers. One of a trade union's main aims is to protect and advance the interests of its members in the workplace. Most trade unions are independent of any employer.

Source: Int'l Trade Union Confederation calls WBG, IMF to overhaul multilateral system, act for sustainable recovery