World Federation of Trade Unions
The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) is an international labour federation founded in 1945.
The first conference took place in Paris from 5 September to 8 October 1945. 56 countries were represented at the meeting which founded a Prague-based federation. Walter Citrine of the British TUC was elected as President and Louis Saillant of the French Communist CGT was elected as Secretary-General. John Brophy of the American CIO defied his federation's President Phil Murray, by refusing to take a position as WFTU vice-president because of Communist influence. The rival American Federation of Labor boycotted the conference and the WFTU.
- Peter Waterman, The Second Coming of the WFTU (Updated), UnionBook, 13 March 2012.
- Ben Rathbun, The Point Man, Irving Brown and the Deadly Post-1945 Struggle for Europe and Africa, Minerva Press, 1996, pp.125-127.
- Foundation, World Federation of Trade Unions, 23 March 2012.