The International Transport Workers Federation has approximately 700 unions representing over 4.5 million transport workers from some 150 countries.
The aims of the ITF are set out in its Constitution. They are:
- to promote respect for trade union and human rights worldwide
- to work for peace based on social justice and economic progress
- to help its affiliated unions defend the interests of their members
- to provide research and information services to its affiliates
- to provide general assistance to transport workers in difficulty
Although the range of ITF activities is very wide, they can be best summed up under three key headings:
- practical solidarity
The ITF represents the interests of transport workers' unions in bodies which take decisions affecting jobs, employment conditions or safety in the transport industry, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
A major function of the ITF is informing and advising unions about developments in the transport industry in other countries or regions of the world. The ITF also maintains a specialist education department, dedicated to the development of strong and democratic transport unions.
The ITF organises international solidarity when transport unions in one country are in conflict with employers or government and need direct help from unions in other countries.