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The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) was established in 1949 and now has 215 affiliated organizations in 145 countries and territories on all five continents with a membership... [Event]
After years of discussion and consideration, the Dutch diamond workers union ANDB and the employers agreed upon a general week's holiday in August 1910. The diamond industry in Amsterdam was closed... [Image gallery]
The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) has been called the first media-war in history. Idealistic film makers and photographers like Joris Ivens, Robert Capa, and Gerda Taro rushed to the battlefields.The... [Image gallery]
The early Dutch trade unions spent a great deal of money on their business cards. That was a banner, a costly jewel of velvet, silk, or satin with gold wire. It was a matter of prestige for local... [Image gallery]
In the history of the labour movement, having holidays, like anything else, is associated with struggle and organization. Trade unions had to gain the right to have paid holidays. In Holland, in 1910... [Image gallery]
Several files from a recently received addition to the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) archives contain detailed reports and data relating to the Desaparecidos (the... [Collection highlight]
In 2012 the IISH received the intesting archive of the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) Federación Regional Cantabria. Since 1939 the IISH keeps the archives of the anarcho-syndicalist trades... [Collection highlight]
In the first years of its existence, the Polish trade union Solidarność and its leaders focused on bread, meat, and civil rights, rather than documenting their activities. Nevertheless, a huge... [Collection highlight]
In 1936 the board of the Dutch Christian Industry and Transport Workers Union decided that it was time for a new propaganda film. The Dutch Film Association 'Visie" (Vision) was given the commission... [Collection highlight]
When Spain's post-war industrialization took off in the fifties, it drew millions of young workers from the countryside to the industrial areas of Basque Country, Catalonia and Madrid. In general... [Collection highlight]

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