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International & Comparative Labor Movements: Web Resources
Doing Business (World Bank)
Doing Business publishes research about 183 economies. Among these are papers about worker employment, labor regulations, employment protections, employment growth, employment contracts, employee/employer relations, labor markets, and more.
Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, is one of the first European Union bodies to be established to work in specialized areas of EU policy. Specifically, it was set up to contribute to the planning and design of better living and working conditions in Europe.
EUROPA-The Official Website of the European Union
The official website of the European Union. EUROPA includes information about European Union employment policy, publications with articles on the subjects of labor and employment, and statistics concerning labor and employment.
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU)
The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), has 241 affiliated organizations in 156 countries and territories with a membership of 155 million. The five main ICFTU priorities are: employment and international labor standards; tackling the multinationals; trade union rights; equality, women, race and migrants; trade union organization and recruitment. It's publications contain papers about these prioritized areas
International Labor Communications Association (ILCA)
ILCA is the professional organization for labor journalists & communicators in North America.
International Labour Organization (ILO)
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to advancing opportunities people to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues.
Labour Force Surveys (ILO)
Surveys of work-related statistics from individual countries. Surveys vary, according to what data is collected by each country.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OECD brings together governments to: support sustainable economic growth, boost employment, raise living standards, maintain financial stability, assist other countries' economic development, and contribute to growth in world trade. The Organisation provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice, and coordinate domestic and international policies.
World Federation of Trade Unions
The World Federation of Trade Unions website provides an overview of issues affecting trade unions in the world.
Foreign Labor Unions & Confederations Online
For a listing of International Labor Organizations and Global Union Federations (specific industry sectors), see the Global Unions page of the AFL-CIO web site.
A sampling of international labor organizations and foreign labor union federations is presented here. For a more complete listing, visit
List of Federations of Trade Unions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federations_of_trade_unions or
The XPDNC Labour Directory of Labour Federation Links: http://xpdnc.com/links/fedhed.html
For a listing of foreign labor unions, there are several sources
ICFTU Affiliates: http://www.icftu.org/addresslist.asp?Language=EN
XPDNC National Labor Links: http://www.xpdnc.com/links/lonat.html
Canadian Labour Congress
The Canadian Labour Congress is the umbrella organization for affiliated Canadian and international unions, provincial federations of labour, and regional labour councils, and represents more than three million affiliated workers.
Confederation of German Trade Unions
The German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) represents millions of blue and white-collar workers and civil servants in Germany.
Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) was launched in December 1985 after four years of unity talks between unions opposed to apartheid and committed to a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.
Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (Federation Dutch Labour Movement; FNV)
The Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV) has about 1,4 million members and 17 affiliates. It is the largest trade union in the Netherlands.
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Worldwide union network. Based in Brussels, Belgium, the ITUC represents 175 million workers in 155 countries and territories and has 311 national affiliates
Trades Union Congress (TUC)
The British trade union federation. The Trade Union Congress' (TUC) membership now stands at 58 unions, representing nearly six and a half million people.