International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU)

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


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. 2002 the ICFTU represented 158m. workers across 231 national trade union centres in 150 countries and territories.


Trade Union Trade Union Movement Social Clause Trade Union Conference Free Trade Unionism 
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  • Barry Turner

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