About us

 Every day, tens of millions of Arab citizens leave their homes for work. They face difficult conditions, with hard working jobs and little income, where those returning to their homes dream of better working conditions and salaries that enable them to support their families and live in decent conditions.

Well how can this be without them having a voice to defend them and means that allow them to defend their rights. Unions were established for this purpose since the beginning of the twentieth century in the Arab countries, but they were suppressed and they were not allowed to work freely or go out and do what they have to do for the benefit of the workers and all the wage earners. The majority of the workers remained without the minimum conditions they needed to live a decent life for them and their families. However, in recent years, the Arab trade union organizations, which are not subject to the control of the commands of their governments.

They have decided to unite in one unified organization calling for solidarity amongst them. This is how the Arab Trade Union Confederation emerged.  It is an organization that works to unify and unite the word of Arab workers and to defend their rights, including the rights of women and youth working against discrimination and the rights of migrant workers against exploitation.

An organization run by men, women and youth alike, aims to create forces that advocate social justice and respect for human dignity and individual freedoms. The organization created a network of Arab women, an Arab youth union and a Journalist union network, as well as the legal workers who defend workers' rights and work to protect them. The Arab Trade Union Confederation is a social institution that interferes with labor relations based on respect for the dignity of the worker, the maintenance of the productive enterprise, ensuring the continuity, stability and success of the economic institutions in the Arab countries, as well as the principles of equality and freedom for Arab citizens in the workplace.


Trade Union Members in Arab Trade Union Confederation



Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail (UGTT)

الاتحاد العام التونسي للشغل

CGATA Confédération générale autonome des travailleurs en Algérie

الكنفدرالية العامة المـسـتقـلة للعـمال في الجزائر 

Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions

الاتحاد المصري للنقابات المستقلة

Egyptian Democratic Labour Congress (EDLC)

إتحاد عمال مصر الديمقراطي

General Federation of Oman Trade Unions (GFOTU)

الاتحاد العام لعمال سلطنة عمان

General Federation of workers of free Libya


الاتحاد العام لعمال ليبيا الحرة

عضو مشارك

General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions

الاتحاد العام لنقابات عمال الاردن

General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions

الاتحاد العام لنقابات عمال البحرين

General Federation of Worker's Trade Unions of Yemen (GFYWTU)

الاتحاد العام لنقابات عمال اليمن

Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions

الاتحاد العام لنقابات عمال فلسطين

Union Marocaine du Travail

الاتحاد المغربي للشغل

Union Générale des Travailleurs du Maroc

الاتحاد العام للشغالين بالمغرب

Confédération Démocratique du Travail

الكونفدرالية الديمقراطية للشغل

Confédération Libre des Travailleurs de Mauritanie (CLTM)

الكونفدرالية الحرة لعمال موريتانيا

Union des Travailleurs de Mauritanie (UTM)

اتحاد العمال الموريتانيين

Confédération Générale des Travailleurs de Mauritanie (CGTM)

الكونفدرالية العامة لعمال موريتانيا

Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Mauritanie (CNTM)

للكونفدرالية الوطنية للشغيلة الموريتانية