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Global union federation

A global union federation (GUF) is an international federation of national trade unions organising in specific industry sectors or occupational groups. Previously, a GUF was referred to as an international trade secretariat (ITS).[1]

Many unions are members of one or more global union federations, relevant to the sectors where they have their members. Individual unions may also be affiliated to a national trade union center, which in turn can be affiliated to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) or the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU).

Current global union federations

Federation Acronym Headquarters Present* Origin^
Building and Wood Workers' International BWI Geneva 2005 1903 - Carpenters
Education International EI Brussels 1992 1951 - IFFTU
IndustriALL Global Union IndustriAll Geneva 2012 1893 - IFTWA, IGWF
International Arts and Entertainment Alliance (FIA FIM) IAEA Brussles
International Federation of Journalists IFJ Brussels 1926
International Transport Workers' Federation ITF London 1898 1896
International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations IUF Geneva 1994 1889 - IFTW
Public Services International PSI Ferney-Voltaire 1907
UNI global union UNI Nyon 2000 1889 - ITS

* Indicates year current name adopted - ^ Indicates year earliest constituent federation founded

Former international trade secretariats

Federation Acronym Founded Dissolved Fate[2]
Carpenters' International 1903 1925 Merged into BWI
Communications International CI 1920 2000 Merged into UNI
International Commercial Employees' Secretariat 1909 1914 Dissolved
International Federation of Bookbinders and Kindred Trades 1907 1949 Merged into IGF
International Federation of Bakery Workers 1907 1920 Merged into IUF
International Federation of Brewery Workers 1896 1920 Merged into IUF
International Federation of Building and Wood Workers IFBWW 1934 2005 Merged into BWI
International Federation of Building Workers IFBW 1903 1934 Merged into IFBWW
International Federation of Chemical and General Workers' Unions ICEF 1907 1995 Merged into ICEM
International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions ICEM 1995 2012 Merged into IndustriALL
International Federation of Civil Servants 1925 1935 Merged into PSI
International Federation of Commercial, Clerical, Professional and Technical Employees FIET 1921 1999 Merged into UNI
International Federation of Free Teachers' Unions IFFTU 1951 1992 Merged into EI
International Federation of Furriers 1894 1925 Merged into IGWF
International Federation of Glass Workers 1908 1930s Dissolved
International Federation of Leather Workers 1896 1921 Merged into the ISLWF
International Federation of Lithographers, Lithographic Printers and Kindred Trades 1897 1949 Merged into IGF
International Federation of Meat Workers 1913 1920 Merged into IUF
International Federation of Petroleum and Chemical Workers IFPCW 1954 1976 Dissolved
International Federation of Plantation and Agricultural Workers IFPAW 1960 1994 Merged into IUF
International Federation of Pottery Workers IFPW 1905 1935 Merged into IFGFW
International Federation of Saddlers' Unions 1903 1921 Merged into the ISLWF
International Federation of Textile Workers' Associations IFTWA 1893 1960 Merged into ITGWF
International Federation of Tobacco Workers IFTW 1889 1958 Merged into PWIF
International Federation of Trade Unions of Audio-Visual Workers FISTAV 1974 1993 Merged into MEI
International Federation of Variety Artists IFVA 1952 1970 Merged into FIA
International Garment Workers' Federation IGWF 1893 1960 Merged into ITGWF
International Glass Workers' Union IGWU 1892 1900 Dissolved
International Graphical Federation IGF 1949 2000 Merged into UNI
International Landworkers' Federation ILF 1920 1960 Merged into IFPAW
International Metalworkers' Federation IMF 1893 2012 Merged into IndustriALL
International Secretariat of Arts, Communications, Media and Entertainment Trade Unions ISETU 1965 1993 Merged into MEI
International Secretariat of Painters and Allied Trades 1911 1946 Merged into IFBWW
International Secretariat of Stone Masons 1903 1946 Merged into IFBWW
International Secretariat of Stone Setters 1904 1923 Merged into ISSM
International Shoe and Leather Workers' Federation ISLWF 1907 1970 Merged into ITGLWF
International Textile and Garment Workers' Federation ITGWF 1960 1970 Merged into ITGLWF
International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation ITGLWF 1970 2012 Merged into IndustriALL
International Typographers' Secretariat ITS 1889 1949 Merged into IGF
International Union of Hatters 1900 1939 Dissolved
International Union of Hairdressers 1907 1939 Dissolved
International Union of Hotel, Restaurant and Bar Workers IUHR 1908 1961 Merged into IUF
International Union of Wood Workers IUW 1904 1934 Merged into IFBWW
Media and Entertainment International MEI 1993 2000 Merged into UNI
Plantation Workers International Federation PWIF 1957 1960 Merged into IFPAW
Miners' International Federation MIF 1890 1995 Merged into ICEM
Teachers' International Trade Secretariat 1927
Universal Alliance of Diamond Workers UADW 1905 2000 Merged into ICEM
World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession WCOTP 1951 1992 Merged into EI
World Confederation of Teachers 1963 2007 Merged into EI
World Federation of Building and Woodworkers' Unions WFBW 1937 2005 Merged into BWI

See also

References

  1. ^ Jacques Rojot (2006). "International Collective Bargaining". In Morley, Michael J.; Gunnigle, Patrick; Collings, David (eds.). Global Industrial Relations. New York: Routledge. p. 258. ISBN 9781134330799.
  2. ^ International Trade Union Organisations (PDF). Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. pp. 86–93. Retrieved 25 May 2018.