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).
Cde. Bishnu Rimal
Cde. Hari Datta Joshi
Vice President (Union Council)
Cde. Madhusudan Khatiwada
Vice President (Geographical)
Cde. Bina Shrestha
Vice President (Women Committee)
Cde. Bidur Karki
Vice President (Planning & Audit)
Cde. Bishnu Lamsal