Global Unions: the name "Global Unions"
is used for the major institutions of the international
trade union movement. Global Unions comprises:
1. the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
(ICFTU), which represents most national trade union centres.
Most individual unions relate through their national union
centre to the ICFTU which has 231 affiliated organisations
in 150 countries and territories on all five continents,
with a membership of 158 million.
2. the ten Global Union Federations (GUFs),the international
representatives of unions organising in specific industry
sectors or occupational groups (EI, ICEM, IFJ, ITGLWF, PSI,
ITF, IFBWW, IMF, IUF, & UNI - for full names, see www.global-unions.org.
3. the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC)
An individual union will usually belong to a national union
centre in its country, which will then affiliate to a world
body such as the ICFTU. The same individual union will also
usually affiliate to a GUF relevant to the industry where
it has members. The ICFTU and ITGLWF (International Textile,
Garment and Leather Workers Federation) are the Global
Unions organisations most closely involved with the campaign
at the international level.