Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras

Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras
Elecciones Sindicales


CCOO's Trade Union Confederation is a prestigious, democratic trade union central office which confederates the nationality-based and regional unions state federations and confederations. It defends the professional, economic, political and social interests of both male and female workers in all spheres of labour.

Comisiones Obreras is affiliated to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. It also forms part of the Trade Union Consultative Committee to the OECD. Its industry-wide federations are members of the European and international federations.


CCOO has consolidated its position as the biggest trade union organisation with more than 1,100,000 paid-up members, and the most representative with more than 122,000 delegates democratically elected by all employees in companies with more than six workers.


Starting from companies' trade union sections, CCOO is built up from trade unions within both regional and sector-based organisations. CCOO's trade union confederation allies 17 nationality-based confederations and regional unions for each of the Autonomous Communities (self-governing regions) within Spain, two unions in autonomous cities; and 12 sector-based state federations.*

  • Federation of Various Activities
  • TU Federation of Public Administrations. (FSAP)
  • State Agrifood Federation
  • State Federation for Shops, Hotel & Catering and Tourism(FECOTH)
  • Federation for Construction, Wood and Related Areas(FECOMA)
  • Teaching Federation (FE)
  • Federation of Industry
  • State Federation for Pensioners and the Retired
  • Federation for Financial and Administrative Services (COMFIA)
  • State Federation for Health (FES)

* some federations are in talks to merge

  • Comisiones Obreras TU Confederation of Andalusia (CCOO-A)
  • CCOO Trade Union of Aragón
  • Comisiones Obreras of Asturies
  • Comisiones Obreras of Cantabria
  • CCOO Regional Union of Castilla La Mancha CCOO
  • CCOO Trade Union of Castilla y León
  • National Workers' Commission of Catalonia (CONC)
  • CCOO Trade Union Confederation of Euskadi
  • CCOO Regional Union of Extremadura
  • CCOO National Trade Union of Galicia
  • Comisiones Obreras of the Canary Islands
  • CCOO Trade Union Confederation of the Balearic Islands CCOO
  • Trade Union for the Madrid Region (USMR)
  • CCOO for the Region of Murcia
  • CCOO Trade Union Confederation for the Country of Valencia
  • CCOO Regional Union of La Rioja
  • CCOO of Ceuta
  • CCOO of Melilla


The Congress is held every 4 years. Half of the delegates are elected by the sector-based organisations and the other half by the regional bodies. The Executive Committee is elected at the Congress by secret ballot and proportional representation and reports on its work. The Congress approves general policy, the programme for trade union action, and the organisation of the statutes. The Congress also appoints the General Secretary, the top legal and public representative of the central office. The maximum duration of this appointment is two ordinary terms and one extraordinary term of office.

The Executive Committee appoints from within it the Secretariat, made up of the heads of the different Registries or Labour Areas. The Executive directs the central office, putting into practice the orientations and decisions adopted by the Congress and the Confederal Council.

The Confederal Council is the maximum decision-making body between Congresses. It is made up of 156 members: the Executive and the representatives of the confederated organisations, in proportion to their affiliation.

The Confederal Committee is a coordinating body and focus of debate for confederation management. It is made up of the general secretaries of the confederated bodies and the Secretariat.

To debate and take decisions on specific questions the Confederal Conferences are called.

Lastly, the Guarantees Committee is the independent body which defends the statutory rights of affiliates and confederated organisations.

The function of the Monitoring Committee is to oversee and assess administration and financial work.


CCOO sees trade union autonomy as the exercise of democratic decision-making capacity, carried out independently of governments, employers, political parties and other social organisations. It undertakes its commitment to build a free, fair and equality-based society, based on the principle that trade unions are autonomous political entities.

Our key objectives today are as follows:

  • To reinforce and structure sector-based and company collective bargaining, broadening its content beyond salary and working hours.
  • Full and quality employment, overcoming the current precarious nature of jobs in the labour market.
  • To participate in handling changes which take place in labour relations and production, through Social Dialogue.
  • To maintain and improve the systems of social protection - pensions, unemployment, etc. - and key public services - Health, Education, etc...
  • To improve Health and Safety at Work
  • To promote sustainable development
  • To construct a European framework for labour relations which would include collective bargaining and a framework legislation for social and labour relations.
  • To boost the political construction of a Europe based on rights, social and regional cohesion and the European Social Model.
  • To contribute, through international trade union action and collaboration with NGOs and social movements, to the globalisation of rights, particularly social and working rights, and to the democratic government of multilateral institutions, respecting international law and the aspirations for peace and justice of peoples.
  • To contribute to the strengthening of the ETUC and the ICTU and the European and International Federations and promote trade union unity in the world.
  • To promote the affiliation of women and young people, fomenting their access to positions of responsibility at work and in the trade union. To affiliate and defend the rights of immigrant workers.


Foundation for Peace and Solidarity "Serafín Aliaga"
Its role is international trade union cooperation for development. It coordinates a network of foundations for the international cooperation of regional organisations. These projects of trade union cooperation are particularly developed in Latin America and the Southern Mediterranean Countries.

C/. Rafael Calvo, 7. E-28010 Madrid
E-mail: fps@fps.ccoo

The Confederal Foundation has two offices in Latin America, in Lima and Montevideo.

FOREM - Foundation for Training and Employment "Miguel Escalera"
For continuous training of workers. It manages a part of the training resources within the general tripartite system. There is also a network of autonomous community foundations.

C/. Longares nº 9. E-28022 Madrid
E-mail: forem@forem.ccoo

"First of May" Foundation
Its objectives are the study, consideration and debate of problems which affect workers and trade unionism. It has a Documentation centre specialised in industrial relations and trade unionism and an Archive of the History of Labour which acts as a back-up to the Centre for Studies in Social History and Industrial Relations.

C/. Arenal, nº 11. E-28013 Madrid
E-mail: 1mayo@1mayo.ccoo

ISTAS - Trade Union Institute Of Labour, Environment and Health
ISTAS is a foundation of a technical and trade union orientation, the objective of which is to boost "activities for social progress for the improvement of working conditions, the protection of the environment and the promotion of the health of all workers within the Spanish state".

C/. Almirante, 3 - 4ª. E-46003 Valencia
E-mail: istas@istas.ccoo

"Juan Muñiz Zapico" Trade Union School
Its role is to design trade union training policy and put it into practice.

C/ Longares, 6-7. E-28022 Madrid
E-mail: escuela@escuela.ccoo

Brussels Office
Located at Brussels' International Trade Union House, this is a linkage point between CCOO and the European and international trade union movement and the different European institutions: it serves as a backing to the different structures and confederated organisations within CCOO

Bd de Roi Albert II, 5. B-1210 Bruselas
E-mail: fsoriano@ccoo

CITE - Information Centres For Foreign Workers
These are bodies which are concerned with giving backing to immigrant workers. The CITE provides guidance and orientation on legislation concerning foreigners, processing of work permits and /or residence, family reunification, nationality, vocational training courses, sensitisation campaigns against racism, etc..


Comisiones Obreras offers a broad range of services: legal advice or guidance for self-employed workers, housing, insurance, vocational and trade union training, assistance to immigrants, discounts at travel agencies and in hotels, social tourism, etc.

Housing. VITRA
It promotes the construction of homes on a cooperative basis in order to help affiliates and workers in general purchase a home. With more than 30,000 homes handed over, our group of cooperatives is the biggest developer of subsidised housing in Spain.

Head Office (Delegación Central) in Madrid:
C/. Cristóbal Bordiú 33, Esc D 1ª. E-28003 Madrid

CCOO Associated Pension Plan
CCOO has drawn up a voluntary pension plan for its affiliates, in order to attend to the demand for pensions to supplement the state's Social Security pensions.