The LO/FTF Council was founded in 1987 by Denmark’s two largest central organizations, LO (the Confederation of Danish Trade Unions) and FTF (the Salaried Employees' and Civil Servants' Confederation). In the beginning, its activities were centred about solidarity work in South Africa to remove the apartheid regime and support the forbidden Congress of South African Trade Unions COSATU. Through the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the global trade unions, the LO/FTF Council supported the education of workers.
Today the LO/FTF Council is the professional development organization of the Danish trade union movement with 18 employees in Denmark and Danish counsellors and local employees across the world. Through the years, the Council has undergone a continuous development, focusing on technical assistance efforts, quality and trustworthiness in its work.
The Council bases its work on the values of the trade union movement and the national and global labour network.
The LO/FTF Council focuses its efforts within the Decent Work agenda on four main areas:
• Creation of decent jobs
• Securing the rights of workers
• Creation of a social protection
• Securing social dialogue
The LO/FTF Council seeks to strengthen capacity building and advocacy of trade union in the developing countries, in order for them to perform their role and contribute to sustainable growth and employment.