Sponsoring Organization's Proposal



- bylaws or any similar organizational document;

Attached: ICFTU Constitution and Standing Orders for Congress, Steering Committee and Executive Board

- list of persons presently on the supervising Board of the organization (or to be initially on the Board); and their resumes

A list of the titular members of the ICFTU Steering Committee is attached

Resumes are attached for:

Bill Jordan, General Secretary, ICFTU

Eddy Laurijssen, Assistant General Secretary, ICFTU

Bertil Jonsson, Chair, Steering Committee

Fackson Shamenda, President, ICFTU

C2. Organization Information

International Confederation of Free Trade Unions

5 Boulevard du Roi Albert II, Bte 1

1210 Brussels, Belgium

Tel: +32 02 224 0211

Fax: +32 02 201 5815

E-mail: internetpo@icftu.org

WWW: http://www.icftu.org

The ICFTU is an "Association de fait", under Belgian Law, and is a non-profit organisation. This means that is does not have articles of incorporation, although it does have a constitution.

The ICFTU has General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and consultative status with a number of the UN’s different agencies.

C3. Organization Structure.

The ICFTU has 66 staff members, divided into 6 departments each headed by a department head (Finance & Administration, Press, Equality, Trade Union Rights, Multinationals & Organising and Employment & Labour Standards). In addition, there are four specialised units (Information Technology, Campaigning, Trade Union Development Projects, Central and Eastern Europe). The ICFTU has overseas offices in Washington, New York and Geneva.

ICFTU has 216 affiliated organisations in 145 countries and territories, and represents 123 million workers. The activities of the ICFTU are financed by the fees paid by its affiliated organisations.

C4. Organization Purpose.

The interests of the international community of trade union organisations are served through the existing constitutional organs of the ICFTU.

Guarantee of respect for the TLD policies, and oversight of ICFTU management of TLD will be ensured by the ICFTU Steering Committee (which meets every six months). A list of the titular members of the Steering Committee is attached.

The Steering Committee is answerable to the Executive Board (which meets at least once a year), and ultimately the Congress of ICFTU affiliates (which meets every 4 years).

Further oversight of the TLD will come from the regular ITS General Conference, which meets every 6 months, and which includes representatives of the ICFTU and TUAC.

It is understood that the interests of the "Internet at large" are served by ICANN, and a contract between ICANN and the ICFTU will embody this.

C5. Appropriateness of Community

According to the ICFTU constitution, the ICFTU is an international trade union organisation, which represents "the free and democratic trade unions of the world". ICFTU has 216 affiliated organisations in 145 countries and territories, and represents 123 million workers, 39 million of whom are women.

The ICFTU membership includes, for example, the AFL-CIO (USA), RENGO (Japan), CLC (Canada), DGB (Germany), TUC (UK), FNV (Holland), COSATU (South Africa), LO and TCO (Sweden), CUT (Brazil), KCTU and FKTU (South Korea), ACTU (Australia).

The TLD being proposed would be "restricted" and reserved for the use of bona fide trade union organisations only. There is therefore a clear fit between the community served and the TLD proposed.

C6. Representation.

See answer to (C4).

There are different categories of trade union organisation, all of which are represented either directly or indirectly through the constitutional organs of the ICFTU. National trade union centres (such as AFL-CIO (USA), CLC (Canada), RENGO (Japan), DGB (Germany), COSATU (South Africa)), which represent various ancillary organisations are directly represented in ICFTU governing bodies.

Other international trade union organisations (such as the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC), Public Services International, Union Network International, and the International Metalworkers’ Federation) are also represented.

C7. Openness and Transparency.

The ICFTU constitution, the list of affiliated organisations, and congress documents are public (and available on the ICFTU website).

Other governing body documents only available to ICFTU governing body members and ICFTU staff (via secure section of website).

The organisation produces regularly publications, press releases, and reports on its activities.

The international press are invited to attend ICFTU Congresses.

C8. Initial Directors and Staff.

Bill Jordan, General Secretary, ICFTU

See attached biography

Eddy Laurijssen, Assistant General Secretary, ICFTU

See attached biography

Duncan Pruett, Officer responsible for managing the secretariat of TLD

Holds a Masters Degree (Distinction) from the London School of Economics

Bachelors Degree in French from King’s College, University of London

Eight years experience working in the non-profit sector

Seven years experience working with the Internet: activities have included writing on Internet in developing countries; training activities for NGOs in Africa, Latin America and Asia; Internet strategy for trade unions; overall organisational IT strategy

Programming skills: ASP; VBScript; SQL


C9. Selection of Directors, Officers, Members, Staff, etc.

The general secretary and president are elected by congress. The Assistant General Secretary is appointed by the Executive Board. The chair of the Steering Committee is appointed by the Steering Committee. ICFTU secretariat staff are appointed under the authority of the general secretary and subject to Belgian employment law.

C10. Policy-Making Procedure.

Via ICFTU governing bodies (a committee reporting to the Executive Board and to the Steering Committee will be set up to oversee TLD management, and to review and recommend policy changes)

C11. Meetings and Communication.

See answer to (C4)

A subcommittee focusing on the TLD would meet at least once a year, during the Executive Board meetings. A listserver would also be used to maintain contact and discussion during the periods between committee meetings. The Registry Operator would attend these meetings as an observer.

The meetings usually take place at the ICFTU Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

C12. Fiscal Information.

See attached balance sheet, approved by external auditors.

C13. Liability.

The responsibilities of the General Secretary and the Assistant General Secretary are defined in articles 17 and 18 of the ICFTU Constitution.

The ICFTU has normal organisational liability resulting from employment of staff under Belgian law.

C14. Amendment of Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws.

See Article II c(4) and Article VII d(4) of constitution

See Article VIII of Congress Standing Orders

C15. Reconsideration and Review.

Through ICFTU governing bodies (Steering Committee, Executive Board, Congress)



C16.1. Scope of authority sought

The authority to appoint a registry operator to provide registry services for the TLD.

The responsibility for formulating policy on the eligibility of registrants in the TLD.

The responsibility for monitoring domain name disputes, particularly in the start-up phase of the TLD.

The responsibility for formulating policies on the provision of conciliation services to parties in dispute.

The responsibility for determining the guiding principles behind the tariff structure to be deployed by the registry and registrars.

The responsibility, on behalf of the community represented, to specify that providers selected to provide registry or registrar services in the TLD fully respect the right of workers to join trade unions and to engage in collective bargaining, and moreover, that they have an open and positive attitude to worker self-organisation.

C16.2. Reasons/justifications for seeking authority;

The right to determine the eligibility of registrants in the TLD would be sought because there are many organisations which make false claims to be bona fide trade union organisations, decisions on eligibility need therefore to be overseen by a democratically accountable organisation acting on behalf of the world’s trade union community.

The right to monitor domain name disputes, and intervene, by means of encouraging conciliation between parties would be sought because trade unions work together worldwide and there is a tradition of conciliation among trade unions and their social partners.

There is no provision for a weighted tariff structure (outlined in attached terms for a contract with the registry operator) in the existing ICANN-NSI Agreements.

There is no provision for selection criteria based industrial relations and respect for worker self-organisation in the existing ICANN-NSI Agreements.

C16.3. Method of guaranteeing that your organization will administer the policy in the interest of the Internet at large

The ICFTU would respect the terms of the contract signed with ICANN, which itself, according to item 4 in its own articles of incorporation, is operating for the benefit of the Internet as a whole.

The ICFTU will remain democratically accountable to its affiliates and partner organisations, whose individual members represent a large proportion of the internet community at large.

Policy on the TLD will be overseen directly by the governing bodies of the ICFTU, and further oversight will come via the regular meetings of the ITS General Conference, as described in the answer to C4.

C16.4. Whether variation from existing ICANN policies is intended at the opening of the new TLD

RFC 1591, referenced as a policy document in the TLD Delegation Practices policy document, states that "in the case of a dispute between domain name registrations as to the rights to a particular name, the registration authority shall have no role or responsibility other than to provide contact information to both parties". There is a small departure from ICANN policies, in that in the case of this TLD, the sponsoring organisation would play the role of monitoring disputes and offering non-binding conciliation services in selected cases (see answer to E.6.1).


C17. Identification of Registry Operator


Tel: 0845 052 2000

Fax: 0207 284 6901

Rutherford House, Manchester Science Park,

Manchester M15 6GG, United Kingdom

Email: info@poptel.net

WWW: http://www.poptel.net

C18. Contract with Registry Operator.

The proposed terms for a contract and a letter of intent signed by the registry operator are included in the attachments to the Registry Operators Proposal (sent under separate cover).

By signing this proposal, the undersigned attests, on behalf of the applicant(s), that the information contained in this application, and all supporting documents included with this application, are true and accurate to the best of applicant's knowledge.




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