Fagbevægelsen i udviklingslandene

Objectives, areas of activity and partners

The objectives of the international work of the LO/FTF Council are:

  • to support democratic development of the trade union movements in Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America
  • to contribute to democratic development in the societies in which the unions operate

The international work of the Danish trade union movement is built on the fundamental conviction that a democratic trade union movement contributes to the democratic development of society when the trade union movement influences political, social and economic decisions affecting the whole society, through negotiation and dialogue.

The LO/FTF Council provides technical and economic support for the development of labour movements in a number of developing countries. The LO/FTF Council focuses on the following four areas for strategic initiatives to create a sustainable labour market:

  • Democracy - social dialogue in the labour market
  • Labour rights
  • Poverty eradication, distribution policies and the informal economy
  • Occupational health and safety and HIV/AIDS

A great deal of the work of the LO/FTF Council is founded in the international structure of the trade union movement and in implementing multilateral projects. Typically, these projects are initiated as a collaboration between a Danish trade union under the umbrella of LO or FTF and the corresponding organisation in the developing country. In general, the two unions are members of the same international trade union association, an international trade union secretariat, which often acts as a third party in a given project supported by the LO/FTF Council.

The LO/FTF Council also carries out development projects in collaboration with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), which is the international union association of confederations.

The LO/FTF Council also has more direct working relations with selected central organisations in several developing countries through bilateral projects. In these cases, LO and FTF enter a direct collaboration with corresponding organisations through the LO/FTF Council.

In addition, the Danish trade union movement is represented through the LO/FTF Council in certain political and advisory committees, which influence Danish international policy regarding development and labour markets. The LO/FTF Council also acts as an advisor to the governmental Danish Agency for International Development Assistance (DANIDA) in the Danish partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).