Swiss Federation of Trade Unions

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Full name Swiss Federation of Trade Unions
Native name Schweizerischer Gewerkschaftsbund
Union Syndicale Suisse
Unione Sindacale Svizzera
Founded 1880
Members 385,000
Affiliation ITUC, ETUC, TUAC
Key people P. Rechsteiner, president
Office location Berne, Switzerland
Country Switzerland

The Swiss Federation of Trade Unions (SGB) is the largest national trade union center in Switzerland. It was founded in 1880 and represents 385,000 members in its affiliated unions.

The SGB has close ties with the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland (SPS). Ruth Dreifuss, the former President of the Confederation, and former member of the Swiss Federal Council, was previously an SGB official.

The SGB is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation, and the European Trade Union Confederation. It is also a member of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD.


  • ICTUR et al.,, ed. (2005). Trade Unions of the World (6th ed.). London, UK: John Harper Publishing. ISBN 0-9543811-5-7. 

External links[edit]

  • SGB official site.