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The history of the ICFTU

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Labour leaders' session at Davos Economic Forum
ICFTU, LaborNews, 8 Feburary 1997. Report on World Economic Forum (WEF) conference in Bruxelles. "Labour 97: What is next on labour's agenda."
Bill Jordan's ICFTU: British Unions' "new realism" goes global
By Gerard Greenfield, 7 November 1997. A sharp attack on ICFTU opportunism, which is attributed primaily to personal shortcomings of its General Secretary, Bill Jordan. A brief addendum by Chris Bailey sharpens the criticism.
Interpreting ICFTU action on union rights in Venezuela: Left behind?
By Peter Waterman, 2 December 2000. A criticism of the ultra-left charge of ICFTU opportunism that insists a dialectical approach must engage the working class as it actually is, and we ought not fall for left demogogues who fight against labor's self-determination though the union movement.
Global campaign to post workers' rights at the workplace
ICFTU Online..., 15 February 2001. The ICFTU supports the AFL-CIO and the global labor movement's campaign to post the International Labour Organisation's 1998 "Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work" in workplaces, union halls and government offices in 148 countries and territories.

The Durban Conference (April 2000)

South Africa to host World Labour Summit in 2000
ICFTU OnLine, 25 November 1998. Notice in an ICFTU publication of the next World Congress of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) to be held in Durban, South Africa, in 2000. The themes to be debated at congress will center on trade union action to mobilise workers world-wide to promote social justice and democracy in a globalised economy.
Trade Unions Ponder Future of Movement
By Gumisai Mutume, IPS, 6 April 2000. The world's trade unionists wind up the ICFTU conference at Durban. Attention is being drawn to the role of labor unions in a globalising world and how best unions can enhance their relevance. Trade unions of the future need to be made up of younger members and more women, able to turn to the Internet to mobilize, and represent a global, diversified membership if they are to be effective.