Just days before the devastating earthquake that hit NEPAL, the national executive of the country’s larges trade union organization (GEFONT), representing 400,000 workers, voted to become part of TUED.Please consider contributing to the relief effort being led by GEFONT and supported by IndustriALL and the ITUC.
Umesh Upadhyaya will be GEFONT’s representative to the TUED global advisory group. Welcome Umesh!
The General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) was established on 20th July 1989. As there was no union rights in Nepal; GEFONT was launched underground.
GEFONT has 20 affiliates (as of April, 2014), which cover all three fields – agriculture, industries and services; covering various sectors such as manufacturing, textiles and clothing, carpet industry, transport, hotels, restaurants and catering, tourism, printing, auto-mechanics, food production, breweries, chemical and metal industry, rickshaw pullers, tea plantations, street vendors, private school, hair dressers & beauticians, employees of security sector, thanka painting, tax- counseling, courier & cargo service, gold & jewellery work, construction and agriculture.
As a largest trade union Confederation in Nepal, GEFONT represents nearly 400,000 workers from all affiliates.
Over 33% of the people elected to the National Executive Committee of GEFONT from its 5th National Congress are women.
GEFONT is one the founders of international trade union body – the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) — established in November 2006. GEFONT affiliates are affiliated with various Global Union Federations (GUFs).