International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU)
Origin. The founding congress of the ICFTU was held in London in Dec. 1949 following the withdrawal of some Western trade unions from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), which had come under Communist control. The constitution, as amended, provides for co-operation with the UN and the ILO, and for regional organizations to promote free trade unionism, especially in developing countries. By Nov. 2001 the ICFTU represented some 157m. workers across 225 national trade union centres in 148 countries.