History

SIGTUR, the Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights, is an alliance and a movement of democratic unions in the Global South Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

SIGTUR was launched at a meeting of democratic unions from the Global South in May 1991 in Western Australia.This meeting comprised representatives of the Congress of South African Trade Unions COSATU the Australian Council of Trade Unions ACTU the newly formed trade union federation Solidarity in Indonesia; the Kilusang Mayo Uno May the First Movement in the Philippines and a representative from the Malaysian trade unions.
 
From this small beginning of two labor movements coming together to create something new, the initiative has grown over the past twenty years and now embraces movements in 35 countries and four continents. 
 
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