General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT)

GEFONT, trade unions, Nepal

General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) was established on 20th July 1989. As there was no union right in Nepal; GEFONT was launched underground. GEFONT has 27 affiliates (as of April, 2009), which cover all three fields- the agriculture, industries and services; covering various sectors such as manufacturing, textiles and clothing, carpet industry, transport, hotels, restaurants and catering, tourism, printing, auto-mechanics, food production, breweries, chemical and metal industry, rickshaw pullers, tea plantations, street vendors, private school, hair dressers & beauticians, employees of security sector, thanka painting, tax- counselling, courier & cargo service, gold & jewellery work, construction and agriculture. As a largest trade union Confederation in Nepal, GEFONT represents over 300,000 workers from all affiliates. Over 33% women have been elected in National Executive Committee of GEFONT from its 5th National Congress. GEFONT is one the founders of international trade union body- the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) established on November 2006. It has been elected in General Council both at International and Asia-Pacific Regional level from the founding Congress. GEFONT affiliates are affiliated with various Global Union Federations (GUFs).

Contact: Mr. Umesh Upadhyaya, Secretary General
+ 977-1-4168000+ 977-1-4168000 
+ 977-1-4168001+ 977-1-4168001 
Address: P.O.Box: 10652
Manmohan Labour Building
Putalisadak, Kathmandu


GEFONT held its 6th National Congress from March 28 - March 31, 2014. The theme was "Transformation: By Building Workers' Power". GEFONT set up a special website with information about the Congress.

Read news articles about GEFONT.

See "an interview with Bishnu Rimal, President of the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT), who expresses his views on the challenges faced by Unions to organize and protect the migrant workers in Nepal. M. Rimal explains also how the ILO can work with Unions to facilitate the transition from informal to formal economy."