The defense of democratic rights, and the struggle to extend mechanisms of democratic control for workers and their unions, underpins every aspect of the IUF's work. The IUF will continue to:

  • Defend the trade union movement against all attempts by governments and employers to restrict union rights, including the right to strike, and compromise trade union independence

  • Build strategic alliances within the labour movement and wider civil society to defend and to advance the realization of the full range of human rights and democratic freedoms

  • Oppose and fight to reverse the erosion of sovereign and democratic control and the transfer of decision-making power from democratic institutions to transnational capital and unaccountable bodies which are at the core of the neo-liberal movement

  • Actively struggle at all levels, together with trade unions and civil society movements which share our goals, for the implementation of policies to reverse the growth of inequality, the concentration of wealth and power and the privatization and destruction of public goods and services which are everywhere feeding the rise of a nationalist, racit and xenophobic Right which is fundamentally hostile to the goals and values of the labour movement

Key Developments

Algeria: IUF affiliates join call to UN to end rights abuses and support democracy

10/09/2020

IUF affiliates and representatives from the Algerian diaspora gathered in Geneva last month to denounce the continuing violation of human...

Belarus: Lukashenko must go – end state violence and repression now

19/08/2020

Tens of thousands of Belarusians are taking part in on-going protests in their workplaces and on the streets against the...

Free Ivory Coast union leader Basile Mahan Gahé!

25/05/2011

On April 26, Basile Mahan Gahé, general secretary of the national trade union center Dignité (whose food and hotel section...

A May Day Message

29/04/2011

On May Day 2011 the IUF sends fraternal greetings to our members and to workers everywhere. Democratic revolt in North...

Solidarity with Iranian Workers

21/03/2011

March 21 is the start of the New Year in Iran. IUF, Education International, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (the...

Democracy now!

04/02/2011

The mass democratic revolt which began in Tunisia and is now spreading through North Africa and the Middle East has...

UGTT takes strike action in support of Tunisia protests

14/01/2011

On Friday, 14 January 2011, workers organized within the UGTT (General Union of Tunisian Workers), including the IUF-affiliated food and...

Impunity for anti-union violence in Colombia: ongoing and worsening

12/01/2011

Colombia leads the world in anti-union violence, accounting in 2009 for nearly half of the global count of murdered trade...

New attacks on Iranian sugar union – president, activists sentenced to prison

03/12/2010

In the latest crackdown on Iran’s independent union at the giant cane growing and processing Haft Tapeh complex in the...

Indonesian President Snubs Hotel Workers’ Long March for Justice

19/04/2010

Dismissed workers from the 5-star Bandung Grand Aquila Hotel have walked nearly 250 kilometers to seek a meeting with the...

Algeria: IUF affiliates join call to UN to end rights abuses and support democracy

10/09/2020

IUF affiliates and representatives from the Algerian diaspora gathered in Geneva last month to denounce the continuing violation of human...

Belarus: Lukashenko must go – end state violence and repression now

19/08/2020

Tens of thousands of Belarusians are taking part in on-going protests in their workplaces and on the streets against the...

Free Ivory Coast union leader Basile Mahan Gahé!

25/05/2011

On April 26, Basile Mahan Gahé, general secretary of the national trade union center Dignité (whose food and hotel section...