What is the IUF?

The IUF is a world-wide federation of trade unions representing workers employed in:

– agriculture and plantations;
– the preparation and manufacture of food and beverages;
– hotels, restaurants, catering and tourism services; and
– all stages of tobacco processing.

It is composed of 391 organisations in 124 countries with an affiliated membership of around 2.6 million workers. The global secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The regional secretariat for Asia/Pacific is in Sydney, Australia. Membership in the IUF is open to all democratic trade unions, regardless of ideological or political orientation.

The IUF’s guiding policy is international labour solidarity. We are committed to defending trade union rights and human rights in general, and the right of workers to control decisions affecting their lives at work and in society. We oppose all forms of exploitation and oppression.