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General Federation of Belgian Labour

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General Federation of Belgian Labour

Full name General Federation of Belgian Labour
Native name Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond
Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique
Founded 1898
Members 1.2 million
Affiliation ITUC, ETUC, TUAC
Key people Rudy De Leeuw (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 1898 and took its present name in 1937. It is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation and has a membership of almost 1.2 million.

Walloon movement

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


External links

  • Official website (Dutch)


  1. ^ Chantal Kesteloot, Growth of the Walloon Movement, in Nationalism in Belgium, MacMillan, London, 1998, pp. 139-152, p. 150.
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