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With its formal establishment in the year 1947 AD, the Trade Union Congress (NTUC) has remained committed to the norm of nationality, democracy and socialism by establishing good conduct, reverence and promotion of the democratic system in the labour market, considering the fact that only the absolute democratic system can protect and guarantee the workers’ rights and interests. Soon after the industrial revolution in Biratnagar[1] of 4 March 1947, NTUC began union activities with an aim to establish democracy and advancement of workers’ rights by daring to articulate against the autocratic Rana regime.


2nd Phase

After the establishment of democracy in the country in 1950, NTUC expedited for the promotion of workers’ rights to organize, express and struggle for their collective welfare. In 1960 with the dissolution of multiparty democracy in Nepal, trade unions were banned along with political parties for almost 30 years of Panchayat system.


3rd Phase

With the overthrow of Panchayat Reign in 1990 the democracy was restored with which freedom of expression and organization became a part of national life. Nepal Trade Union Congress also got revitalized in 1990 and since then it has been working closely with Nepali Congress party in the process of democratization; and the tribute for such close relationship owe to the late former Prime Minister cum President of Nepali Congress Party, Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala.


In Nepal, the NTUC has now progressed and accepted as the largest trade union with its more than 400,000 workers in 25 national affiliated unions throughout the country[2]. The Union privileges with 2 key committees[3], 10 different departments and 3 different cells[4].

Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC) has successfully completed its 5th National Convention in August, 2013. From the year 1989 to the 5th National Convention of 2013, the NTUC was led by Mr. Laxman Bahadur Basnet. And since August 2013 the new committee is being led in the leadership of Mr. Khila Nath Dahal, President of NTUC.


International Affiliates and Support Agencies

In addition to the National level affiliates and working togetherness with Government and civil societies, NTUC has reached out up to the International arena. Different National Unions of NTUC are affiliated to different International Labor secretariats. With the solidarity among these affiliations NTUC expresses harmony to worldwide labor movements.

Some of the International support agencies are:

  • International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • International Trade Union Confederation / International Trade Union Confederation –Asia Pacific (ITUC/ITUC-AP)
  • Japan International Labour Foundation- 1989 (JILAF) / JTUCC RENGO ( Japanese Trade union Confederation- 1989 )
  • Solidarity Center American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS)- is formed with 4 unions; American Institute for Free Labor Development, Asian-American Free Labor Institute, African-American Labor Center, Free Trade Union Institute
  • Friedrich- Ebert- Stiftung ( FES )
  • Different NTUC affiliates have developed their affiliation with International Unions such as:
  • Union Network International (UNI)
  • International Transport Federation (ITF)
  • Industrial -All
  • International Federation of Journalism (IFJ)
  • Public Services International (PSI)
  • International Union of Food, Agriculture, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)
  • The Building and Wood Workers International (BWI)
  • Education International (EI)

[1] One of the prominent industrial area of Nepal

[2] NTUC has its branch in all the 75 districts of the country

[3] Committees of Youth and Women

[4] Migration, Media and Cooperative Cells

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