General Federation of Belgian Labour

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Full name General Federation of Belgian Labour
Native name Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond
Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique
Founded 1945
Members 1.2 million
Affiliation ITUC, ETUC, TUAC
Key people Robert Vertenueil (nl), president
Anne Demelenne, secretary general
Office location Brussels, Belgium
Country Belgium

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.

Walloon movement[edit]

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 also[edit]


  • 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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