Saturday, October 3, 2020

World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU): 75 years of action, with honor and dignity

On October 3rd, the World Federation of Trade Unions celebrates 75 years since its foundation. The largest international workers’ assembly until then took the decision that was indelibly engraved in the memory of the world labor movement, October 3rd, 1945: THE WORLD FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS IS FOUNDED at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris.

75 years later, the WFTU continues on the same uncompromising path, with unity, class-oriented, with internationalism. 75 years with honor and dignity!

The year we are going through, the year of the 75th anniversary of WFTU, is already stayed in the history of the WFTU for the rich action of the WFTU affiliates and friends in every corner of the planet.

The coronavirus pandemic may have caused problems in most countries of the world but the class oriented trade unions struggled by all their means and succeeded in stopping in practice the attempt to restrict trade union rights and freedoms by the governments.

Mobilizations, strikes, events, protests and seminars were organized all over the world, successfully combining the struggle for the health of the people with the 75 years of life and action of the WFTU. We have proved and we are proving that no obstacle can bend our unwavering belief in the struggle for a world without the exploitation of man by man.

We continue… the year 2020 is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of WFTU, an anniversary not only historical but also an anniversary of action. The workers around the world, for 75 years, dedicate this day to honor the World Federation of Trade Unions under its demands and slogans.

We plan, schedule, mobilize and culminate our actions on October 3rd, honoring in the difficult conditions we live the message sent by the pioneer workers from Paris founding the World Federation of Trade Unions 75 years ago.

Everyone in the activities of the national organizations of WFTU!

Everyone in the battle for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the WFTU!

We are waiting for the photos from your initiatives and celebrations.

Our main slogan:

Workers and Peoples united,

for a world with social justice

Against monopolies and Imperialism

Athens, September 2020.


The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) was established in Paris on 3 October 1945. The First World Trade Union Congress (Paris, 3-8 October 1945) which voted to establish the WFTU was attended by delegates representing 67 million workers from 56 national organizations from 55 countries and 20 international organizations.

The basic principles and values of the WFTU are found in the key-words: analysis, action, unity, struggle, democracy, solidarity, independence, co-ordination. Analysis of current reality and action for the demands of Working Class. Struggle for the worker’s rights. Unity of all workers towards monopolies and Imperialists. For peace and progress. Solidarity with the people suffering threats and attacks from USA and their allies. 

All peoples to have the right to self-determination. Right to education and training, to free health for all children of the working class without discriminations and class barriers. Equal rights for men and women. Criticism, self-criticism, collectiveness, democratic freedoms and trade-union rights. Transparent proceedings. Independence of International Organizations from the USA bondage. Independence of International Trade Union Organizations from the capital. 

Co-ordination of all militant Trade Unions, no matter what their differences are, in order to repulse capital’s attack against social security, full and stable work, privatizations, environmental pollution, quality of life. Confidence in the workers role for a world free from exploitation, wars, poverty, children’s prostitution and exploitation.