The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is the global voice of the world’s working people.
The ITUC was founded at its Founding Congress in Vienna, Austria, on 1 - 3 November 2006. It groups together the former affiliates of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and the World Confederation of Labour (WCL), along with trade union organisations which had been independent without any affiliation to international and regional trade union organisation. The ICFTU and the WCL dissolved themselves on 31 October 2006, to pave the way for the creation of the ITUC.
The International Trade Union Confederation - Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP) was formed by the ICFTU - Asian and Pacific Regional Organisation (ICFTU-APRO) and the Brotherhood of Asian Trade Unions (BATU) on 4 September 2007 in Bangalore, India. It now has a paying membership of over 24 million and an effective membership of 60 million in 59 national trade union centres from 34 countries and territories in the Asian and Pacific region.
The ITUC-AP, as an organic part of the ITUC, strives for economic, social and political justice, in short, Decent Work, through trade union actions, on the basis of the International Labour Organization (ILO) standards, UN Declarations and other international instruments.
In order to advance the aims and objectives of the ITUC, the ITUC-AP adheres to the principles of trade union democracy and independence, as set out in its Regional Constitution. It is governed by four-yearly Regional Conference, a Regional General Council and a Regional Executive Bureau.