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International Trade unions

These the web sites of trade unions of some of the more significant international trade union organisations. If you find a broken link please let us know.

International Federations

Global Unions

Education International

International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine & General Workers’ Unions (ICEM)

International Federation of Journalists

International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF)

International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation

The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)

-  is an international federation of trade unions representing workers employed in agriculture and plantations; the preparation and manufacture of food and beverages; hotels, restaurants and catering services; and all stages of tobacco processing

Public Services International (PSI)

The PSI represents the interests of public sector workers. Since 1907, when it was founded, PSI has co-ordinated public sector struggles for workers’ rights, social and economic justice, and efficient and accessible public services.

Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC)

to the Organisation for Economic Co-operations and Development (OECD) is an interface for trade unions with the OECD. It is an international trade union organisation which has consultative status with the OECD and its various committees.

About UNI

UNI is the Global Union for skills and services with 15 million members in 900 unions and four regional organisations, UNI-Africa, UNI-Americas, UNI-Asia & Pacific and UNI-Europa, each of which is campaigning for a real social dimension to regional economic integration.

UNI Global Union is working to build union growth and represents members in the following sectors: Commerce, Electricity, Finance, Gaming, Graphical, Hair & Beauty, IT, Business Services, Industry, Media and Entertainment, Post, Cleaning and Security, Telecoms, Tourism and Social Insurance. Each sector is a global union in its own right with action plans aimed at organising, raising industry-wide standards and negotiating global agreements with companies.

To develop issues across sectors, UNI has three groups which are working to promote global equality, to champion youth and to bring professionals and managers into unions.

International Arts and Entertainment Alliance (IAEA)

This Global Union Federation comprising FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI is a truly independent and representative body, recognised by ITUC and, with respect to its European activities, by ETUC. Recent activities have included workshops in Latin America through the regional coordination of IAEA (CREA) to promote the rights of workers in film production. Alliance members are recognised by WIPO, UNESCO and the ILO and the Council of Europe and the European Union. Additionally, FIM holds observer status with the International Organisation of the Francophonie.

The International Federation of Actors (FIA) was set up in 1952 by the French performers’ union and its sister organisation in the UK and currently represents more than 100 performers’ unions, guilds and professional associations in over 75 countries.

The International Federation of Musicians (FIM), founded in 1948, is the only international organisation representing musicians worldwide. It has member unions in over 70 countries.

UNI-MEI, the media and entertainment section of Union Network International represents broadcasting workers, film and theatre technicians and staff, specific creative and professional groups (writers, screenwriters, directors, visual artists), other arts and entertainment workers, as well as workers in sports and a variety of related groups.