UNI Global Union

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UNI global union
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Full nameUNI global union
FoundedJanuary 1, 2000
Members20 million
Key peopleRuben Cortina, President
Christy Hoffman, General Secretary
Office locationNyon, Switzerland

UNI Global Union, formerly Union Network International (UNI), is a global union federation for skills and services, gathering national and regional trade unions. Its more than 900 affiliated unions in 140 countries have 20 million members. The head office is in Nyon, near Geneva, Switzerland.


UNI was the result of the merger of four organisations: International Federation of Commercial, Clerical, Professional and Technical Employees (FIET), Media and Entertainment International (MEI), International Graphical Federation (IGF) and Communications International (CI). They merged on 1 January 2000, to form Union Network International. On March 2, 2009, the federation changed its name to UNI Global Union.


UNI represents several sectors of work. These are:

  • Commerce
  • Finance
  • Telecoms
  • Post and logistics
  • Industry, Business and Information Technology Services (IBITS)
  • IT and white collar
  • Graphical
  • Property services (cleaning and security workers)
  • Media, entertainment, arts and sports
  • Electricity
  • Social insurance and private health care
  • Tourism
  • Hair and beauty.
  • Gaming
  • Temporary Work Agency


Bangladesh Accord[edit]

UNI Global Union, along with IndustriALL Global Union, is one of the global union signatories to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, agreed in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza tragedy.

The Bangladesh Accord is a legally binding safety agreement signed by two global trade unions, a number of Bangladeshi unions, with more than 200 brands from 20 countries in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Almost half of all Bangladeshi factories for the export market and two million workers are covered by its scope.


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