International trade union policy - Links


Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB)
The German Trade Union Confederation, also active in the international arena in the form of its education provider, DGB-Bildungswerk.

IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG BAU)
IG BAU is the trade union for workers in the fields of construction, agriculture and the environment.

IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE)
IG BCE is the sector trade union for mining, the chemical industry and the energy sector.

Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW)
The education trade union GEW represents people working in teaching and research.

IG Metall
NGG defends the interests of workers in the food and drinks industry as well as the tobacco, hotel, catering and domestic sectors.

Gewerkschaft Nahrung, Genuss, Gaststätten (NGG)
Die NGG vertritt die Interessen der Beschäftigten in der Nahrung- und Getränkeindustrie sowie die Branchen Tabak, Hotels, Restaurants und Cafés, Kantinen und Hauswirtschaft.

Gewerkschaft der Polizei (GdP)
The GdP is the trade union for all police employees.

Eisenbahn- und Verkehrsgewerkschaft (EVG)
The EVG is the trade union representing workers in the transport, service and network sectors.

Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (Ver.di)
Ver.di looks after the interests of people in the service sector, which embraces over 1,000 different jobs.

Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (HBS)
The HBS is a foundation which works on behalf of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) to promote research and studies, and to further understanding of consultation and participation rights for workers.

Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Institut (WSI)
The WSI is the research institute set up by the HBS, specialising in the study of fair employment conditions.

Otto-Brenner-Stiftung (OBS)
The OBS is IG Metall’s own foundation, addressing questions specific to Germany, but also European and international issues.

DGB-Index Gute Arbeit
The "Good Work Index" was created by the DGB as a scientific instrument to monitor employment conditions from the labour perspective.

DGB Bildungswerk
DGB Bildungswerk is an educational body set up the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) to disseminate knowledge relating to political issues and the work of trade unions and to pursue continuing education.


Europäischer Gewerkschaftsbund (EGB)
ETUC is the umbrella organisation for the European trade union confederations.

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
ETUI is a research institution whose purpose is to assist the European trade unions.


International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)
Das ICDD at the University of Kassel seeks to help tackle hunger and poverty by providing research and training around the UN Millennium Development Goal "Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all".

Global Labour Institute (GLI)
The GLI is an institute dealing with trade union issues.

Global Union Research Network (GURN)
GURN is a platform for trade unionists and researchers addressing issues of globalisation from the labour perspective.

Global Union Federations (GUFs)
These are the 8 global trade federations representing national sector trade unions at the international level, along with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC).

International Labour Organisation (ILO)
The ILO is the United Nations’ (UN) specialised agency for all issues relating to labour, and it is based in Geneva.

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
The ITUC brings together national trade union confederations at the international level.

The Global Labour University (GLU)
The GLU offers young trade unionists the chance to obtain an internationally recognised M.A. on globalisation issues from four campuses on four continents.

Trade Union Advisory Commitee (TUAC)
The TUAC is a trade union advisory committee to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Trade Union Support Organisations (TUSSOs)

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
The American Center for International Labor Solidarity is a body created by the American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) to support trade unions in the international arena.

FNV Mondiaal
FNV Mondiaal is a foundation of the Dutch trade union confederation which seeks to promote workers’ interests internationally.

Japan International Labour Foundation (JILAF)
JILAF was founded in 1989 by RENGO, the Japanese trade union confederation, to promote international exchange and cooperation.

Korea International Labour Foundation (KOILAF)
KOILAF is a Korean non-profit organisation addressing issues relevant to the world of work at an international level.

LO/FTF Council
LO/FTF Council is the Danish trade union confederation’s agency for international development and cooperation.

LO-Norway is the umbrella organisation of the Norwegian trade unions and also operates on the international stage.

Union to Union
The LO-TCO Secretariat of International Trade Union Development Co-operation is active at international level on behalf of the Swedish trade union confederations.

Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland (SASK)
As a part of the Finnish and international trade union movements, SASK supports trade unions around the world.

Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA is a development aid organisation created by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).

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Mirko Herberg


Blanka Balfer

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