Birth of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

The ITUC was established in Vienna on 1 November 2006, thus ending decades of a divided trade union movement. The establishment of the new confederation coincided with the dissolution of the previous two main remaining world confederations: ICFTU (International Confederation of Free Trade Unions) and the World Confederation of Labour.

16 March 2007

Guy Ryder, whom the CICOPA president and general secretary had met in Brussels in June in a very promising meeting, has become general secretary of the new Confederation. The CICOPA secretariat intends to resume contacts with ITUC in the near future.

Click here for founding speech by Guy Ryder, general secretary (in English only).

International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and
Service Producers' Cooperatives

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