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General Federation of Belgian Labour

The General Federation of Belgian Labour (ABVV/FGTB) 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 almost 1.2 million.

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Full nameGeneral Federation of Belgian Labour
Native nameAlgemeen Belgisch Vakverbond
Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique
Members1.2 million
AffiliationITUC, ETUC, TUAC
Key peopleRobert Vertenueil [nl], president
Anne Demelenne, secretary general
Office locationBrussels, Belgium


Walloon movementEdit

Through the foundation of the Mouvement populaire wallon during the Great Strike that took place in the Winter 1960-1961, the Walloon working class now also demanded federalism as well as structural reforms. The leader of the Strike, André Renard was also a national leader of the General Federation of Belgian Labour.[1] This whole process will be named Renardism.

See alsoEdit


  • ICTUR et al.,, ed. (2005). Trade Unions of the World (6th ed.). London, UK: John Harper Publishing. ISBN 0-9543811-5-7.
  1. ^ Chantal Kesteloot, Growth of the Walloon Movement, in Nationalism in Belgium, MacMillan, London, 1998, pp. 139-152, p. 150.

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