Unión Sindical Obrera

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Full nameUnión Sindical Obrera
Members117,148 members.
10,793 union representatives[1]
AffiliationETUC, ITUC
Key peopleJoaquín Pérez, general secretary
Office locationMadrid, Spain

The Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) is a Spanish trade union. Founded as a clandestine organization in 1961—during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco—the union was an outgrowth of Roman Catholic organizations dedicated to Catholic social teaching, particularly on the dignity of work. Influenced by the French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT), which also had Catholic roots but was by that time drifting away from any formal relation to the church, USO declared itself from the outset to be secular and socialist. Like the CFDT, after 1968 USO advocated autogestion (workers' self-management).[2]

After the Spanish transition to democracy, the group split, with one faction uniting to the Unión General de Trabajadores (historically affiliated with the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party or PSOE), another joining the Workers' Commissions (Comisiones Obreras, affiliated with the Communist Party of Spain), and a third continuing as a small, independent trade union.[2]


  1. ^ Los sindicatos recuperan afiliados por segundo año consecutivo tras la crisis. 20 Minutos, 04/02/2018.
  2. ^ a b Sonia Ramos González, «Unión Sindical Obrera: nacidos para desaparecer» (2014), Ruiz de Aloza (Granada), in Spanish. passim.