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World Federation of Teachers Unions

Logo of the World Federation of Teachers Unions

The World Federation of Teachers Unions known by its French initials FISE (Federation Internationale Syndicale de L'Enseignement) is an international trade union of educators affiliated with the World Federation of Trade Unions.


  • History 1
  • Organization 2
    • Conferences 2.1
  • Membership 3
    • Regional federations 3.1
    • National sections 3.2
  • Publications 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The FISE was founded in Paris in July 1946 as a merger of the

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ The World Federation of Trade Unions, 1945-1985. Prague; Published by the WTFU in cooperation with PRACE Czechoslovak Trade Unions 1985 p.152
  2. ^ Facts about international Communist front organisations p. 55
  3. ^ Coldrick, A. Percy and Jones, Philip. The international directory of the trade union movement New York : Facts on File, [1978] p.198
  4. ^ Facts about international Communist front organisations] pp.55, 56, 58
  5. ^ The World Federation of Trade Unions, 1945-1985 p.152
  6. ^ UNESCO profile
  7. ^ The World Federation of Trade Unions, 1945-1985 p.152
  8. ^ Facts about international Communist front organisations] pp. 57-8
  9. ^ Constitution
  10. ^ Facts about international Communist front organisations] p. 56
  11. ^ Constitution
  12. ^ Constitution
  13. ^ Facts about international Communist front organisations] p. 55
  14. ^ Coldrick and Jones p.199
  15. ^ The World Federation of Trade Unions, 1945-1985 p.152
  16. ^ UNESCO profile
  17. ^ Facts about international Communist front organisations] pp.55, 57-8
  18. ^ The World Federation of Trade Unions, 1945-1985 p.152
  19. ^ Informative note about the XVI Statutory Conference of the World Federation of Teacher’s Unions which is about to take place on March 9 to 11, 2007 in New Delhi
  20. ^ Facts about international Communist front organisations] p. 56
  21. ^ Coldrick and Jones p.199
  22. ^ The World Federation of Trade Unions, 1945-1985 p.152
  23. ^ UNESCO profile
  24. ^ Coldrick and Jones p.199
  25. ^ UNESCO profile
  26. ^ Coldrick and Jones pp.200-2
  27. ^ Facts about international Communist front organisations] p. 56
  28. ^ The World Federation of Trade Unions, 1945-1985 p.152
  29. ^ Coldrick and Jones p.199
  30. ^ UNESCO profile


See also

FISE still publishes Teachers of the World quarterly in English as well as the FISE Information Letter eight times a year in French, English, Spanish, Russian, German, Portuguese, Arabic.[30]

The FISE published a quarterly Teachers of the World in English, French and German with "separate" Latin American Spanish and Japanese editions. By the 1980s this publication carried a "pedagogical supplement" financed by UNESCO.[27][28] Another bulletin was published 8 times a year and was variously called Educators International Courier or International Teachers News. It was published in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese and Arabic.[29]


In 1978 the following organizations were affiliated with FISE:[26]

National sections

By 1978 the FISE had two regional federations, the Federation of Arab Teachers and the Federation of University Workers Unions of Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico[25]

Regional federations

In August 1956 FISE was reported to have seven million members in 34 countries.[20] By the 1978 this had grown to over 16 million in 74 organizations in 50 countries.[21] In 1985 the group claimed 20 million members in 121 organizations in 82 countries.[22] As of 2009 FISE claimed over 26 million members within 156 trade unions in 40 countries including France, Greece, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Congo, Ethiopia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, Togo, Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Bangladesh, China, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestinian territories, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, and Yemen.[23]


  • Paris, July 1946
  • Brussels, 1947
  • Budapest, 1948
  • Warsaw, 1949
  • Vienna, 1950
  • Vienna, 1953
  • Warsaw, August 1957
  • 13th Statutory Conference Sofia, May 24-6, 1985
  • 15th Statutory Conference New Delhi, March 9 to 11, 2007[19]

The first six conferences were called "World Conferences of Teachers". They were denoted "Statutory Conferences" since at least 1985:[17][18]


FISE was originally headquartered in Paris but was expelled in 1952 for "fifth column activities". It then moved to the Soviet sector of Vienna, but was expelled, again, in February 1956. The location of the headquarters immediately after the expulsion from Vienna is unclear, though FISEs' journal Teachers of the World was published from 10 Rue de Solférino, Paris 7ème.[13] In 1978 its headquarters is reported at Wilhelm Wolff Strasse 21, East Berlin 111.[14] It was at the same address in 1985.[15] Its current headquarters is at 6/6 Kalicharan Ghosh Road, 700 050, Kolkata, India.[16]

The organizations highest organ is the Statutory Conference, formerly called the World Conference of Teachers. Originally annual events, they were held at irregular intervals in the 1950s and now are constitutionally mandated to be held every four years.[8][9] Between meetings of this conference the organization is headed by an Administrative Committee which meets at least once a year.[10][11] Day to operations are directed by a Bureau which consists of the General Secretary, President, Vice-President and Secretariat, who are ex-officio members of the Administrative Committee.[12]


FISE is United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).[6] It has had its position within UNESCO since at least 1985.[7]

[5] During the 1980s it cooperated with the [4] The FISE was the WFTU's "only true professional organization" and had a degree of independence. The FISE was able to work with non-Communist teachers groups through the Joint Committee of International Teachers Federations, or Comite d'Entente. In conjunction with these groups it helped publish a "Teachers Charter" in the mid 1950s

[3].International Federation of Free Teachers Unions In 1951 a group of unions split off and founded the [2]

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