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Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Published: 2014/05/05
Channel: Canadian Labour Congress
The dark truth behind ITUC
The dark truth behind ITUC
Published: 2015/01/05
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Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Published: 2014/06/25
Channel: International Labour Organization
International Trade Union Confederation (Mr. Georgios Altintzis)
International Trade Union Confederation (Mr. Georgios Altintzis)
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: UNCTAD Investment
International Trade Union Confederation [MSFT]
International Trade Union Confederation [MSFT]
Published: 2011/03/08
Channel: QuadrantCommTV
International Trade Union Confederation
International Trade Union Confederation
Published: 2016/09/25
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Call for a just transition: Sharan Burrow, International Trade Union Confederation
Call for a just transition: Sharan Burrow, International Trade Union Confederation
Published: 2015/10/15
Channel: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Geneva Office
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Published: 2016/01/06
Channel: The Climate Group
ITUC International Trade Union Confederation Africa labor human news
ITUC International Trade Union Confederation Africa labor human news
Published: 2015/08/24
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International Trade Union Confederation: Statement 2009 UN Climate Change Summit
International Trade Union Confederation: Statement 2009 UN Climate Change Summit
Published: 2009/09/19
Channel: United Nations
ITUC International Trade Union Confederation Belgium members Sharan Burrow found fake
ITUC International Trade Union Confederation Belgium members Sharan Burrow found fake
Published: 2015/08/24
Channel: Universal Channel24
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Published: 2016/12/08
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African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation Top # 5 Facts
African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation Top # 5 Facts
Published: 2015/10/25
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High-Level Closing Ceremony -- Jeroen Beirnaert -- International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
High-Level Closing Ceremony -- Jeroen Beirnaert -- International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Published: 2014/02/10
Channel: III Global Conference on Child Labour
International Trade Union Confederation statement at UN CSW 58
International Trade Union Confederation statement at UN CSW 58
Published: 2014/03/20
Channel: Cindi Foreman
Spot for International Trade Union Confederation’s congress 2014
Spot for International Trade Union Confederation’s congress 2014
Published: 2015/06/23
Channel: wegewerk
Ms. Esther Busser, International Trade Union Confederation Geneva Office
Ms. Esther Busser, International Trade Union Confederation Geneva Office
Published: 2014/07/11
Channel: UNCTADOnline
Michael Sommer, Chairman of the German Confederation of Trade Unions - Voices on Social Justice
Michael Sommer, Chairman of the German Confederation of Trade Unions - Voices on Social Justice
Published: 2010/04/14
Channel: International Labour Organization
INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION
INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION
Published: 2015/10/21
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Jaap Wienen, Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Jaap Wienen, Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Published: 2012/04/27
Channel: ITUCCSI
Struggles from around the world - ITUC Sharan Burrow
Struggles from around the world - ITUC Sharan Burrow
Published: 2011/05/11
Channel: Canadian Labour Congress
Rio+20 Conference: Sharan Burrow, General-Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Rio+20 Conference: Sharan Burrow, General-Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Published: 2012/07/03
Channel: UNDP Teamworks
Mr. Matthew Simonds - International Trade Union Confederation - February UN Post-2015 negotiations
Mr. Matthew Simonds - International Trade Union Confederation - February UN Post-2015 negotiations
Published: 2015/08/03
Channel: UN NGLS
Sharan Burrow ITUC
Sharan Burrow ITUC
Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: Irish Congress of Trade Unions
FROM ENGLISH TO GERMAN = International Trade Union Confederation
FROM ENGLISH TO GERMAN = International Trade Union Confederation
Published: 2011/12/15
Channel: YTenglish2german
ISS15 - Plenary Discussion - Key Questions for International Trade Union Organisations
ISS15 - Plenary Discussion - Key Questions for International Trade Union Organisations
Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: Global Labour Institute
UNCTAD XIII ITUC "Trade for Development" Panel: Yorgos Altinzis
UNCTAD XIII ITUC "Trade for Development" Panel: Yorgos Altinzis
Published: 2012/08/20
Channel: Jessa Boehner
Message Sharan Burrow for April 28 2014
Message Sharan Burrow for April 28 2014
Published: 2014/04/23
Channel: ITUCCSI
President of Indian Trade Unions criticise ITUC and Sharan Burrow for faulty fund utilization
President of Indian Trade Unions criticise ITUC and Sharan Burrow for faulty fund utilization
Published: 2015/09/30
Channel: NGO Watchdog
ITUC Annual Survey of violations of trade union rights
ITUC Annual Survey of violations of trade union rights
Published: 2010/06/10
Channel: ITUCCSI
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary International Trade Union Congress
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary International Trade Union Congress
Published: 2014/09/23
Channel: Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice
'ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow should quit'
Published: 2016/01/15
Channel: ANI News
Sharan Burrow
Sharan Burrow
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: UNIglobalunion
May Day 2009: Message of Sharan Burrow - ITUC President
May Day 2009: Message of Sharan Burrow - ITUC President
Published: 2009/04/30
Channel: ITUCCSI
May Day 2009: Message of Guy Ryder, ITUC General Secretary
May Day 2009: Message of Guy Ryder, ITUC General Secretary
Published: 2009/04/30
Channel: ITUCCSI
Corporate corruption killing Africa
Corporate corruption killing Africa's economy - ITUC
Published: 2017/01/20
Channel: Oak TV
Mohammad Taj   TUC   3rd ITUC World Congress
Mohammad Taj TUC 3rd ITUC World Congress
Published: 2014/10/06
Channel: UniteTheUnion
TRADE UNIONS PARTNERSHIPS (EATUC and ITUC)
TRADE UNIONS PARTNERSHIPS (EATUC and ITUC)
Published: 2017/04/19
Channel: Wiseman Solomon
Sharan Burrow: Workers Hold Real Power [Excerpt]
Sharan Burrow: Workers Hold Real Power [Excerpt]
Published: 2014/01/14
Channel: The Laura Flanders Show
ITUC Founding Congress Video
ITUC Founding Congress Video
Published: 2008/07/23
Channel: ITUCCSI
Sharan Burrow, ITUC | First Global Investor Forum on Climate Change
Sharan Burrow, ITUC | First Global Investor Forum on Climate Change
Published: 2013/06/17
Channel: ASrIA - Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia
#ISS14: Question Time: live discussion with Sharan Burrow, ITUC
#ISS14: Question Time: live discussion with Sharan Burrow, ITUC
Published: 2014/07/13
Channel: Union Solidarity International
Video message of Sharan Burrow  to Hungarian trade union unification congress
Video message of Sharan Burrow to Hungarian trade union unification congress
Published: 2013/12/09
Channel: transformeurope
3rd ITUC World Congress: Opening Ceremony
3rd ITUC World Congress: Opening Ceremony
Published: 2014/05/18
Channel: ITUCCSI
Guy Ryder (ITUC), Trade Union G20 Summit in London, 31 March 2009
Guy Ryder (ITUC), Trade Union G20 Summit in London, 31 March 2009
Published: 2009/05/18
Channel: TUAC Secretariat
ITUC - 12.10.11.wmv
ITUC - 12.10.11.wmv
Published: 2011/10/12
Channel: Nancy Angelopoulou
Sharan Burrow
Sharan Burrow
Published: 2015/05/15
Channel: Shareholder Association for Research and Education
ituc csi IGb part 2
ituc csi IGb part 2
Published: 2014/08/27
Channel: ali mousa
NLC, ILO And ITUC Africa Collaborates On Measures To Combat Ebola
NLC, ILO And ITUC Africa Collaborates On Measures To Combat Ebola
Published: 2014/10/09
Channel: NTA News
ITUC World Day for Decent Work 2011
ITUC World Day for Decent Work 2011
Published: 2011/09/29
Channel: ITUCCSI
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ITUC
ITUC logo
Full name International Trade Union Confederation
Founded 1 November 2006 (2006-11-01)
Predecessor ICFTU and WCL
Members 176 million in 162 countries (2015)
Key people
Office location Brussels, Belgium
Country International
Website ituc-csi.org

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC; French: Confédération syndicale internationale (CSI); German: Internationaler Gewerkschaftsbund (IGB); Spanish: Confederación Sindical Internacional (CSI)) is the world's largest trade union federation. It was formed on 1 November 2006, out of the merger of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and the World Confederation of Labour (WCL). The Founding Congress of the ITUC was held in Vienna and was preceded by the dissolution congresses of both the ICFTU and the WCL.

The ITUC represents 176 million workers through its 328 affiliated organizations within 162 countries and territories. Sharan Burrow is the current General Secretary.[1]

The ITUC traces its origins back to the First International (also known as the International Workingmen's Association) and in 2014 commemorated the 150th anniversary of the founding of the International Working Men's Association at its own world congress held in Berlin. Also in 2014, the ITUC debuted the Global Rights Index, which ranks nations on 97 metrics pertaining to workers' rights, such as freedom from violent conditions and the right to strike and unionise.[2]

Inaugural congress 2006[edit]

The founding congress of the ITUC was held from 1 to 3 November 2006 in Vienna, Austria.

The first day of the congress saw the formal creation of the ITUC followed by an address[3] by Juan Somavia, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Day two included Pascal Lamy, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) responding to panel discussions on the impact of globalisation, including the topics "Cohesion and chaos - the global institutions" and "Global unions - global companies". Technical difficulties limited Lamy's satellite video link participation.

Leadership and officers were elected on the final day of the congress. Guy Ryder, the former general secretary of the ICFTU, was elected to the same position in the new organisation.[4] Sharan Burrow was elected president. A Governing Council was established, with 70 elected members, and 8 additional seats reserved for youth and women’s representatives.

A Council of Global Unions was also formed on the final day of the congress. It was established jointly with ten global union federations and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC).

The Council will enable us to mobilize global membership around political and strategic initiatives and actions in order to confront global forces that work against the interests of working people and families.

— Guy Ryder[5]

Second congress 2010[edit]

The second congress of the ITUC was held from 21 to 25 June 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.

On 25 June 2010, at the conclusion of the congress, Sharan Burrow (then ITUC President) was elected General Secretary, succeeding Guy Ryder (who had been elected as Deputy Director General of the International Labour Organisation).[6] In anticipation of her election, Burrow had resigned from her position as President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions effective 1 July 2010.[7]

Speaking to the Congress after her election, Burrow paid tribute to her predecessor and emphasised the continuing role of organised labour in the world's emergence from the Global Financial Crisis. She also made special mention of the significance of her election as the first female leader of the world's largest trade union (against a background of high workforce participation by women and a Congress 50% of whose delegates were women[8]):

I am a warrior for woman and we still have work to ensure the inclusion of women in the work place and in our unions. The struggles for women are multiple – too often within their families for independence, then in the workplace for rights and equal opportunity, in their unions for access and representation and then as union leaders. But the investment in and participation of women is not only a moral mandate it is an investment in democracy and a bulwark against fundamentalism and oppression. Organising woman is and must continue to be a priority for the ITUC.[9]

Organisation[edit]

Countries in light blue have an ITUC affiliate

The Pan-European Regional Council (PERC), a European trade union organisation within the ITUC was formed 19 March 2007. It consists of 87 national trade union centres and a total membership of 87 million. It works closely with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and Bernadette Ségol is currently the general secretary of both organisations.

Allegations[edit]

ITUC has been blamed for using doubtful means during their investigations in countries like Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia etc., showing state of workers as slaves. ITUC's relationship with the Gulf appears to have assumed an adversarial one. [10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About us". ITUC. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Kevin Short (28 May 2014). The Worst Places On The Planet To Be A Worker. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 May 2014; see also: ITUC Global Rights Index: The world's worst countries for workers.
  3. ^ "ILO Director-General lauds formation of new global union federation". ILO Online press room. Retrieved 3 November 2006. 
  4. ^ https://en.m.wikinews.orgGrowing_concern_over_the_Leadership_of_the_International_Trade_Union_Confederation
  5. ^ "Council of Global Unions formed [...]". ITUC Online. Retrieved 3 November 2006. 
  6. ^ "Sharan Burrow Acceptance Speech". ITUC Online. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Executive - Australian Council of Trade Unions". ACTU Online. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Second ITUC World Congress concludes by electing its first female General Secretary". ITUC Online. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Sharan Burrow Acceptance Speech". ITUC Online. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "ITUC need to be less combative". ANI News. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fabio Bertini (2011), Gilliatt e la piovra. Il sindacalismo internazionale dalle origini ad oggi (1776-2006), Roma, Aracne
  • Ed Mustill (2013), The Global Labour Movement: An Introduction, a short guide to the global union federations, the ITUC, and other international bodies

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