The General Confederation of Trade Unions is a regional international trade union organisation founded 16 April 1992 on a voluntary basis with the purpose of consolidating trade union actions to protect citizens' social and labour rights and interests, help secure trade unions' rights and guarantees, and strengthen international trade union solidarity.
The GCTU currently affiliates 41 trade union organisations with a total membership of approximately 50 million organised workers.
The General Confederation of Trade Unions is widely recognised at the interstate level in the Commonwealth of Independent states.
It enjoys observer status with the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, and is actively involved in the work of the CIS Economic Council, a number of CIS industrial committees, and other statutory bodies of the Commonwealth.
The GCTU maintains partnership relations with the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and Integration Committee of the Eurasian Economic Community comprising Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
The GCTU cooperates with specialised agencies of the United Nations. It enjoys regional status for Europe with the International Labour Organisation and consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, and is associated with the UN Department of Public Information.
The supreme authority of the General Confederation of Trade Unions is the Congress held every five years.