International Organizations: Trades Unions Material

Scope and Content

Material issued by the following organisations: All-African Trade Union Federation; African Trade Union Confederation; Commonwealth Trade Union Council; International Confederation of Free Trade Unions; International Centre for Trade Union Rights; International Federation of Building and Wood Workers; International Labour Organization; International Garment, Textile and Leather Workers' Federation; International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Association; Public Services International; Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland; Southern Africa Trade Union Co-ordination Council; South Pacific and Oceanic Council of Trade Unions; Transnational Information Exchange (TIE) Asia; and World Federation of Trade Unions.

Administrative / Biographical History


Alphabetically by union, and then in rough chronological order.

Access Information

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment of the library. Access is free for anyone in higher education.

Other Finding Aids

Item-level descriptions are available on the library catalogue:

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Conditions Governing Use

A photocopying and digitisation service is available, at the discretion of the Library staff. Copies are supplied solely for research or private study. Requests to publish, or to quote from original material should be submitted to the Information Resources Manager.

Custodial History

The ICS political parties collection was begun in 1960-1961, with special emphasis being placed on primary material such as party constitutions, policy statements, convention reports and election manifestos. Since then, the main method of gathering material has been to appeal directly to political parties throughout the Commonwealth, though contributions from Institute members and staff following visits to relevant countries have been significant.

The Political Archives Project was a 2.5 year project to catalogue political archive material held in the libraries of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Institute for the Study of the Americas to the University and present it as a cohesive virtual collection. The project was successfully completed in July 2005. All of the documents may be found by searching the library catalogue at, or via the Political Archives website:

Related Material

See also International Organizations: Pressure Groups Material (PG.INT), as well as Political Party, Trades Unions and Pressure Group Materials for Commonwealth countries and material in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies library's main classified sequence.