The Confederation is inspired by the profound conviction that organisation in democratic and
independent trade unions and collective bargaining are crucial to achieving the well-being of
working people and their families and to security, social progress and sustainable development
for all.

It has been the historic role of trade unionism, and remains its mission, to better the
conditions of work and life of working women and men and their families, and to strive for
human rights, social justice, gender equality, peace, freedom and democracy.

More than ever
in its history, confronted by unbridled capitalist globalisation, effective internationalism is
essential to the future strength of trade unionism and its capacity to realise that mission.

The Confederation calls on the workers of the world to unite in its ranks, to make of it the
instrument needed to call forth a better future for them and for all humanity.