TUCC as part of the FES Global Trade Union Project

Global Union Federations (GUFs) in Sub-Sahara Africa

The TUCC (supported by two regional coordinators in East and West Africa) shapes and carries out FES' trade union work in sub-Saharan Africa and assists in further developing strategies for trade union work at the national level. On the one hand, it acts in an advisory function to the FES country offices in the region. On the other hand, it implements regional projects itself in cooperation with regional trade union organizations and other regional partners. This includes supporting the regional offices of the GUFs to coordinate their activities, campaigns and projects in an annual GUF Forum. Furthermore, the TUCC fulfils a liaison function with the FES Global Trade Union Project and supports its activities in the region.



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FES' international trade union work is coordinated by the Global Trade Union Project.

Our main partners are the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), all nine Global Unions Federations (GUFs), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

One aim of our Global Trade Union Project is to shift the narrative about trade unions and to inspire workers to rediscover their union’s power resources and to mobilize them. Discover the Power Resources Approach and success stories from all over the world on the "Trade Unions in Transformation" website.


FES' work includes supra-national trade union activities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europa, and South-East Europe.

Our main partners are national umbrella organisations, regional structures of the International Trade Union Confederation and the regional offices of the Global Union Federations (GUFs).


Our vast network of more than 100 offices worldwide coordinates local/national trade union activities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, The Middle East and North Africa, as well as in Central/Eastern and South-East Europe.

FES' partners are primarily national trade union confederations, but also sector organisations and occasionally individual trade unions.

Video: What is a Global Framework Agreement?

The following animated video will explain what a Global Framework Agreement (GFA) is, using the example of the GFA between UNI Global Union and the South African.

Video: Ce qu'est un accord-cadre international? (available in French)

La vidéo animée suivante expliquera ce qu'est un accord-cadre international (Global Framework Agreement - GFA). En se servant de l'exemple de l'aci entre UNI Global Union et Shoprite.

Video: O que é um Acordo Marco Global? (available in Portuguese)

O seguinte vídeo explicará o que é um Acordo Marco Global usando o exemplo do acordo entre o sindicato global uni e a empresa shoprite.

¿Qué es un Acuerdo Marco Internacional? (available in Spanish)

El siguiente video animado explicará qué es un Acuerdo Marco Internacional (AMI), cómo funciona y cómo puede beneficiar a los trabajadores y a las empresas utilizando el ejemplo del AMI firmado entre la UNI Global Union y la empresa sudaficana Shoprite.

Nini maana ya Mkataba wa Mwongozo wa Kimataifa?

Ifuatayo ni video iliyotengenezwa kwa kutumia vibonzo inayoelezea maana ya Mkataba wa Mwongozo wa Kimataifa, kwa kutumia mfano wa Mkataba wa Mwongozo wa Kimataifa kati ya Chama cha Wafanyakazi cha Kimataifa cha UNI na muuzaji wa Shoprite Afrika Kusini.

FES Trade Union Competence Centre

34, Bompas Road
Dunkeld West

+27-10 446 8612
+27-11 341 0271


In response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, our offices will remain closed until further notice. The TUCC Team will only be accessible by e-mails.

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