International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation Collection

INTRODUCTION

International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation

The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF) has grown out of successive mergers of predecessors, the last of which brought in the International Shoe and Leather Workers' Federation in 1970 . The roots of the ITGLWF reach back to 1893 , when separate international organizations of textile, garment and leather workers were formed. Originally the ITGLWF (or its predecessors) has been mainly a clearing house for information, ensuring that affiliates are regularly informed of wages and conditions prevailing in other countries. But more and more important became the assistance by the ITGLWF to affiliated trade unions in developing countries.

Collection

The collection consists of documents relating to the ITGLWF and its predecessors, which the IISH received from the ITGLWF or collected otherwise. The collection is supplemented by photocopies. The documents are arranged into three different sections. The first and second section contain documents of predecessors of the ITGLWF . The third section contains documents of the ITGLWF itself. The different parts of the collection are arranged chronologically.