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International Textile and Garment Workers' Federation

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The International Textile and Garment Workers' Federation (ITGWF) was a global union federation of unions representing workers involved in manufacturing clothing and other textiles.

The federation was established on 17 June 1960 at conference in Copenhagen, when the International Federation of Textile Workers' Associations (IFTWA) merged with the International Garment Workers' Federation (IGWF).[1]

The federation was led by general secretary Jack Greenhalgh, formerly leader of the IFTWA, president John Newton, formerly leader of the IGWF, and vice-president Alphonse Baeyens.[2]

On 5 June 1970, at a conference in Folkestone in England, the federation merged with the International Shoe and Leather Workers' Federation to form the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation.[1]


In 1960, the following unions were affiliated to the federation:[3]

Union Country Affiliated membership
Alliance of Textile Workers' Unions South Korea 37,479
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America United States 376,000
Amalgamated Felt Hat Trimmers, Woolformers and Allied Workers Union United Kingdom 2,073
Clothing and Hat Federation France Unknown
Danish Clothing Workers' Union Denmark 19,131
Danish Textile Workers' Union Denmark 19,355
Federation of Textile Workers of Greece Greece 40,000
Federation of Textile Workers of Peru Peru 25,000
Garment Workers' Industrial Union of Durban South Africa 5,000
Garment Workers' Union of the Cape Peninsula South Africa 14,500
General Industrial Union of Textiles and Clothing Netherlands 17,332
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union United States 442,901
United Italian Federation of Clothing Workers Italy 55,186
Italian Federation of Textile Workers Italy 120,000
Italian Union of Textile Workers Italy 20,000
National Federation of Textile Industry Workers' Unions Japan 320,000
National Federation of Textile and Needle Industry Trades Cuba 23,000
National Federation of Textiles France 18,000
National Union of Dyers, Bleachers and Textile Workers United Kingdom 68,596
National Union of Hosiery Workers United Kingdom 40,660
National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers United Kingdom 120,998
National Union of Textile Workers Colombia 20,000
National Union of Textile Workers Israel 13,000
Norwegian Union of Clothing Workers Norway 14,409
Norwegian Union of Textile Workers Norway 9,741
Pakistan Textile Workers' Federation Pakistan 20,000
Swedish Clothing Workers' Union Sweden 37,164
Swedish Textile Workers' Union Sweden 37,588
Swiss Clothing, Leather and Equipment Workers' Union Switzerland 3,360
Tailors, Tents, Sailmakers and Garment Workers' Union Kenya 549
Textile and Clothing Union West Germany 354,118
Textile and Knitting Workers' Union Finland 5,000
Textile Workers Union of America United States 197,200
Union of Belgian Textile Workers Belgium 65,190
Union of Clothing Workers Finland 3,103
Union of Clothing Workers and Kindred Trades in Belgium Belgium 9,500
Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers United Kingdom 15,000
Union of Textile, Clothing and Leather Workers Austria 69,000
Union of Textile and Factory Workers Switzerland 12,000
United Hatters, Cap and Millinery Workers International Union United States 40,000
United Textile Factory Workers' Association United Kingdom 172,770


  1. ^ a b "International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF)". Union of International Associations. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  2. ^ Goldberg, Arthur (February 1961). "Textile and Garment Workers' policy statement". Labor Developments Abroad: 4–5.
  3. ^ Goldberg, Arthur (1960). Directory of International Trade Union Organizations. Washington DC: United States Department of Labour. pp. 7.1–7.16.
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