General Labour Federation of Belgium

The General Labour Federation of Belgium (French: Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique, or FGTB; Dutch: Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond, ABVV) is a socialist national trade union federation in Belgium. It was founded in 1945. It is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation and has a membership of 1.5 million. With said membership the ABVV/FGTB is the second largest of the three major trade unions in Belgium, closely following the Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (ACV/CSC) which has 1.6 million members and dwarfing the General Confederation of Liberal Trade Unions of Belgium (ACLVB/CGSLB) which has approximately 300,000 members.[1] During the bulk of its history the ABVV/FGTB remained closely affiliated with the Belgian Socialist Party which was split in 1978 into a Flemish and a Walloon social-democratic party. While remaining formally independent from any political party, the ABVV/FGTB noticed the increasing influence by the marxist Workers' Party of Belgium amongst its active base during the last decade.[2]

General Labour Federation of Belgium
FGTB (French) or ABVV (Dutch)
General Labour Federation of Belgium
Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique
Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond
PredecessorBelgian Trade Union Federation
Founded29 April 1945
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Location
Members
1.5 million[1]
Key people
Thierry Bodson, chairperson
Miranda Ulens, secretary general
AffiliationsITUC, ETUC, TUAC
Websitewww.abvv.be