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 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.


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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..



Since its establishment in 2014, the Arab Trade Union Confederation has been keen on respecting its constitution by holding its constitutional meetings on time. These constitutional meetings consist of: The annual meeting of the General Council The annual meeting of the Executive Office The annual meeting of the Financial Control Committee The annual meeting of the Rules of Procedure Committee The annual meeting of the Youth Committee The annual meeting of the Women's Committee

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The Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC) team designed an interactive map categorized by different types of trade union and labour violations, according to the economic sectors and geographical distribution of the Arab countries to facilitate the monitoring of the most important trade union and labour violations, that occur in the Arab region.

The Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC) calls on the trade unionists and workers of the region to send the violations, issues and news they monitor in their workplaces to the following e-mail: [email protected] , in order to contribute to the reduce of the labour abuses and violations and the achievement of social justice and decent work.





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The Arab Trade Union Confederation has launched a series of campaigns to support the workers’ rights in several countries. The Union strongly calls on joining these campaigns in order to reveal and internationally proclaim the violations that may take place against workers. The Arab Trade Union Confederation's campaigns also aim to pressure governments to confront abuses and protect workers' rights, according to the international laws and conventions.

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The Arab Trade Union Confederation seeks through the "e-learning" section of the website to create a simplified lesson on the rights of workers stipulated in the international labour agreements.

The e-learning section contains 3 parts:

The first part is for the videos. It is composed of a set of videos, which aim is to simplify the concepts related to "labour" and the rights of the workers and convey them in an understandable simple way.

Mufid's character plays an important role in explaining “these concepts” in a way that would make it clear and easy to grasp their meanings for the readers, regardless of their cultural level. Thus, anyone would be able to understand his or her rights guaranteed by the international conventions and agreements and they will be able to defend them in reality.

The second part is “Infographic”. It aims also to simplify the concepts of workers' rights and the economic and social challenges through the "image" technique, in addition to presenting a set of ratios and statistics.

The third part is an integrated e-learning system. This system will be available for the youth unionists (beginners) to take advantage of a number of training courses, which are provided by a number of trainers through video courses.

The system is divided into three levels, in which the trainee advances from level 1 to 2, and 3. Then, graduates will receive certificates in trade union training, which will enable them to develop their abilities and which will pushe them to keep up with the e-learning system.

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In the Arab Trade Union Confederation official website, there is a comprehensive library that contains a collection of works related to the trade union work, the different circumstances and the economic, social and political challenges in the Arab countries. The library is divided into seven major sections: "articles, books, reports, research papers, studies, theses and political papers". The library has a "search engine" to facilitate the searching process for the visitor or researcher by identifying "the concerned country, the field of research (trade union rights and freedoms or social dialogue and collective negotiations), the date of research and the language adopted." It is also possible to download the various books, studies, theses and reports in the form of "pdf". The Arab Trade Union Confederation wishes you a pleasant reading and invites you to participate with your materials, that may benefit the workers, trade unionists and those interested in the  labour and trade union issues.

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