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Constitution

Every day, tens of millions of Arab citizens leave their houses to work. They face difficult circumstances, hard work, and little income. They dream of good working conditions and salaries that would enable them to support their families financially to live in decent conditions.

Well, how can this be fulfilled without having a voice to defend them and their rights. In fact, unions have been established for this purpose, since the beginning of the twentieth century in the Arab countries. However, they were suppressed, hindered, and not allowed to work freely as they wanted, for the sake of workers and all wages’ owners. In addition, most workers’ livings remained below the minimum conditions they needed in order to have a decent life for them and their families.

 Fortunately, now, the Arab trade union organizations are not under the control of their government orders anymore, when all the Arab unions decided to be united all together to form what is now the Arab Trade Union Confederation. It is an organization which aims to unite the Arab workers all together to defend their rights, including the rights of women and youth, who are working against discrimination, as well as, to preserve the rights of migrant workers against exploitation.

Moreover, it is an organization headed by men, women and youth alike to create a force calling for social justice and respect for human dignity and individual freedoms. This union has also created a network of Arab women, an Arab youth union, a syndicate of journalists, in addition to the legal workers who defend the workers' rights and work to protect them.

 The Arab Trade Union Confederation is a social institution that interferes with labour relations on the basis of respect for the dignity of workers, the maintenance of productive projects, the insurance of the continuity, stability and success of the economic institutions in the Arab countries ,as well as, the principles of equality and freedom for the Arab citizens in their workplaces.



Mission

Mission

  • Defending the right of all workers to organize and practice their freedom freely, and encourage the building of democratic and independent trade union organizations that work in a transparent manner.
  • Working for unifying the Arab democratic trade union movement; to face the various emerging challenges and support the paths of democratic transformation in the Arab countries.
  • Promoting to social justice and democracy, the equitable distribution of wealth, good governance, the pursuit of social progress and the guarantee of decent work, and the decent life of different people's groups.
  • Developing labor relations in order to ensure the basic rights at work and to promote the economic and social conditions of workers
  • Defending human rights and advocating for and promoting public and individual freedoms, including trade union freedoms, including the right to organize, freedom of expression, peaceful demonstration and strike.
  • Achieving equality and eliminating of all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex, color, religion, language, social, cultural or geographical origin.
  • Defending the right to equality, the right of women to assume positions of responsibility in employment, in representative institutions and in the leadership of trade union organizations, and the eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against them.
  • Defending the economic, social and cultural rights of all workers in the Arab region and adopting the principle of established social dialogue and collective bargaining as the best ways to improve labor relations.
  • Working to achieve Arab economic integration as a necessary condition for achieving economic and social growth throughout the Arab region.
  • Combating all forms of human trafficking and exploitation in all its forms, including sexual, forced labor or bonded labor, and underground labor and handling.
  • Defending the rights of migrant workers and addressing all forms of discrimination and exploitation to which they may be face.
  • Working to develop youth work, expanding Arab efforts to combat unemployment, fragile work and social exclusion, and defending the interests of young workers and protecting their rights.
  • Working to combat poverty, hunger and exploitation, persecution, corruption, inequality and discrimination.
  • Working to combat child labor, protecting the rights of domestic workers and vulnerable groups, and defending girls and children who are forcibly displaced and exploited in various ways.
  • · Demanding the formulation of a comprehensive and sustainable participatory development policy in the Arab countries in order to consolidate social democracy and achieve a fair distribution of national wealth to ensure the dignity of all workers and social groups.
  • Take all measures to promote and increase trade union affiliation in the Arab region.
  • Strengthening Arab and international trade union solidarity and supporting persecuted trade union movements.
  • Developing the bonds of cooperation and solidarity with civil society organizations, which have the same principles and values of the Arab
  • Trade Union Confederation and the various social movements against the wild liberalism.
  • Defending the rights of people with special needs, working to strengthen them, supporting retirees and protecting their interests and organizing them by trade union.
  • Rejecting all forms of colonialism and foreign interference, supporting all peoples fighting to regain their sovereignty and self-determination, supporting the struggle of Arab and international liberation movements, and defending the right of the Palestinian people to liberate their land and establish their independent state.

ATUC CONDEMNS THE USE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST TEACHER TRAINEES IN MOROCCO

2016-01-08

AYTUN VOICES SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIANS AND THEIR LEGITIMATE UPRISING FOR FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE

2015-10-16

TOGETHER FOR A BETTER FUTURE

2015-10-11

A STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH DETAINED ACTIVISTS FROM THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE RIGHTS OF UNEMPLOYED WORKERS

2015-02-12

A STATEMENT CONDEMNING THE INTERFERENCE OF SECURITY FORCES IN THE AQABA CONTAINERS TERMINAL STRIKE

2014-09-04

A STATEMENT SUPPORTING THE GENERAL STRIKE CALLED FOR BY THREE CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS IN MOROCCO

2014-10-29

OVERVIEW: YOUTH IN THE ARAB REGION

2014-10-04

MESSAGE FROM THE ARAB TRADE UNION YOUTH ON FREEDOM OF OPINION AND EXPRESSION

2014-10-04

ATUC: NO MORE VIOLATIONS AGAINST THE TUNISIAN GENERAL LABOUR UNION

2014-10-01

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ARAB TRADE UNION WOMEN NETWORK TO THE FOUNDING CONGRESS

2014-09-28

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ARAB TRADE UNION WOMEN NETWORK TO THE FOUNDING CONGRESS

2014-09-28

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ARAB TRADE UNION WOMEN NETWORK TO THE FOUNDING CONGRESS

2014-09-28

STATEMENT: "THE FUTURE IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY"

2014-09-28

ATUC WOMEN'S NETWORK CALLS FOR ANTI-VIOLENCE AGREEMENT

2014-09-27

Palestine statement

2021-06-29

Women Are the Best Weapon in the War Against Terrorism

2021-06-29

Our Pillars

PEACE, DEMOCRACY AND RIGHTS

In many countries, democratic rights and freedoms are at risk. Unions play a key role in defending them. The ITUC Global Rights Index details a rise in the number of countries where conflict, authoritarianism and right-wing governments are destroying freedom of association, collective bargaining and the right to strike. Through the solidarity of our affiliates, support for countries at risk is central to our work. Organizing for migrant rights and the elimination of slavery in all its forms is fundamental to ensure democratic rights and freedom for all workers. We know that peace is built on social justice and requires social protection, just wages and safe and secure work with the guarantee of fundamental rights and the rule of law. Peace, democracy and rights is a foundation for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. Labor activists are both human rights defenders and peace builders and this must be recognized. Rather than investing in social infrastructure to safeguard peace and stability – the arms race and the ideological conflicts are back on.

REGULATING ECONOMIC POWER

The world has three times more wealth today that over thirty years ago, yet our taxation systems are not fit for purpose and our public services and social protection systems are in disrepair. The predatory power of global corporations and their impact on the labour market have added to a growing number of workers forced into precarious and informal work. Now platform businesses are adding to that number with a business model evading national laws, taxation systems or employment responsibility. Governments are even entering bidding wars with taxpayers’ money to buy the physical location of corporate giants in their countries or cities. As corporate monopoly power grows, so does the opposition to freedom of association and collective bargaining. Corporate and financial power can only be tamed, and people’s rights assured, by a determined regulatory approach at national and international level. That is why the ITUC has set Regulating Economic Power as a pillar of its work. It is broken down into the following thematic areas: Jobs, Shared Prosperity, Corporate power, Multilateralism.

GLOBAL SHIFTS - JUST TRANSITIONS

The lack of ambition on climate change has the world heading towards more than 3.5 degrees above current temperatures. With the IPCC prediction that there is just a decade to stop this trend, then ambition is critical. Just Transition is the pathway to high ambition. Unions must be at the table at all levels to negotiate the Just Transition measures required to ensure trust in the necessary shifts in energy, and in technological advances to ensure both mitigation and adaptation across all industries and sectors. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to advance goals that are critical to the labor movement. Technology can provide opportunity, but it will also disrupt jobs and current supply chains. Digitalization, automation and data all need to be managed to protect jobs and living standards. Full employment remains a goal of the union movement and no compromise will be accepted on the Universal Labor Guarantee. Just Transition measures are vital to realize these shifts.

EQUALITY

Equality and equity at work is a core trade union value. Discrimination based on not only gender but also on class, race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, disability, indigenous status, migration status and the intersection of these characteristics, still pervade the world of work, as does gender-based violence and harassment. Progress for women has stalled and discrimination, harassment and violence are on the rise again. Trade unions are working towards the full realization of women’s rights and protections. Through collective empowerment and women’s equal representation in union leadership, through new regulation and the enforcement of existing regulations and through continued accountability, we can end discrimination and abuse.