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GMB International Affiliations

Global Union Federations

Global Union Federations (GUFs) are international trade union organisations that promote global solidarity.  GUFs are organized by sector and industry to strengthen workers' rights in the industries in which their affiliates work.  They do this through running international campaigns, lobbying governments and international bodies and negotiating with international employers' associations.


  • promote world wide solidarity
  • secure and enforce human and trade union rights
  • create economic and social justice
  • support trade union development (eg education programmes)
  • international co-ordination or responses to transnational corporations

GMB - European Affiliations 

BWI - Building and Wood Workers' Federation

ICEM - International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions 

IMF - International Metalworkers' Federation 

ITF - International Transport Workers' Federation

ITGLWF - International Textile, Garment & Leather Workers' Federation

IUF - International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco, & Allied Workers' Associations

PSI - Public Services International

UNI - Global Union

Global Unions website with links to each GUF.

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