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The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation
(ITGLWF) is a global union federation
. , it has 217 member organizations in 110 countries, representing a combined membership of over 10 million workers.
The ITGLWF was founded in 1970 as a result of the merger of the International Textile and Garment Workers' Federation
and the International Shoe and Leather Workers' Federation
. These organisations had been preceded by other much older ones: The International Glove Workers' Union
was founded in 1892, the International Secretariat of Shoemakers
in 1893, and the International Secretariat of Leather Workers
in 1896. The International Federation of Textile Workers' Associations
originated in 1893 and the International Tailors' Secretariat
The organization holds a congress every four years, consisting of delegates from the member organisations. The congress establish the broad lines of the ITGLWF's policies and actions.
The organisation's headquarters is located in Brussels
. There are four regional organisations within the ITGLWF: FITTVCC/ORI, the Americas
' regional organisation, based in Venezuela
; ITGLWF/ERO, the European regional organisation, based in Belgium; TWARO, the Asian regional organisation, based in Japan
; and ARCC, the African Regional Consultative Council, based in South Africa.
The ITGLWF works closely with the International Trade Union Confederation
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