The ITUC’s primary mission is the promotion and defence of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is the world's largest trade union federation. It was formed on 1 November 2006 out of the merger of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and the World Confederation of Labour (WCL). The Founding Congress of the ITUC was held in Vienna and was preceded by the dissolution congresses of both the ICFTU and the WCL.
The ITUC comprises the affiliated organisations of the former ICFTU and WCL together with eight other national trade union organisations that will for, the first time, affiliate to a global body.
Main areas include: trade union and human rights; economy, society and the workplace; equality and non-discrimination; international solidarity; development cooperation; capacity development and organizing. Maintains 'Solidarity Fund', to support development and practice of democratic, independent and representative trade unionism and to assist victims of repression or other actions hostile to the practice of trade union freedoms.