About Us

UNI Finance, the Global Union for all finance and insurance workers represents 3 million employees in 237 trade unions worldwide. UNI Finance implements the objectives of UNI in the context of the finance industry and addresses sector-specific issues of relevance to all its members. UNI Finance is about developing activities that its affiliates on their own cannot do or which together UNI Finance and unions can do better, playing a leading role, supporting and assisting affiliates to safeguard the interests of their members, promoting the need for growth of secure jobs, quality services and quality jobs in the finance sector.

The five key objectives are:

1) Political and regulatory influence

Strategic objective: To change and bring a stronger social dimension to global and regional processes of integration and regulatory frameworks and be a recognised partner in these processes. UNI Finance works with policy-makers from the EU and the G20.

2) Global companies

Strategic objective:  To build organising strength within the global corporations operating in banking, insurance and central banks, and to negotiate global and regional agreements.

3) Organising and campaigns

Strategic objective:  To gain union recognition in finance and to further facilitate union growth by building the capacity to support organising campaigns worldwide.   Specific campaigns for the finance sector include the Sales versus Advice campaign and Bank employees as vectors of change.


4) Jobs with social security and justice for all

Strategic objective:  To improve workplaces and raise employment standards in the services and allied sectors. UNI finance works on these issues through the social dialogue frameworks.


5) UNI as a proactive, innovative and inclusive organisation

Strategic objective:  To operate a modern, effective, innovative and well-run UNI Global Union and to secure the active involvement of all affiliates and mobilisation of their rank and file members, union representatives and leading officials in our work. For each of its thematic priorities, UNI Global Union and UNI Finance Europa have set up Working Groups focusing on each theme. UNI Global Union is also in regular contact with its Regional offices in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

UNI Finance has developed a strategic planning framework based on the breaking through strategy and the UNI Finance Programme. This provides an indication of the annual work priorities across all of the four UNI regions.


UNI Finance Staff at UNI-Global Union

The UNI Finance Department at UNI-Global Union consists of:

Angelo Di Cristo, Head of UNI Finance (angelo.dicristo@uniglobalunion.org)

Anna Harvey, UNI Finance Global Policy Coordinator (anna.harvey@uniglobalunion.org)

Regula  Khemiri, Departmental Assistant UNI Finance (regula.khemiri@uniglobalunion.org)

UNI Finance work in the Regions


UNI Finance is working with its affiliates in Latin America and the Caribbean.
For more information, you can contact:
Guillermo Maffeo, Regional Director for UNI Americas Finance, (guillermo.maffeo@uniglobalunion.org )

Jim Sauber, UNI Washington / Americas Finance (jim.sauber@uniglobalunion.org)

Or check: www.uni-americas.org

Community of Finance Unions in Portuguese- Speaking Countries

The Portuguese-speaking unions affiliated to UNI decided to create a specific collaboration and space for sharing information in their own language.
In response to the fragility of the financial industry and the international expansion of financial corporations, they decided to promote the training of union leaders, increase the exchange of  experience and optimize the use of existing synergies.

Os sindicatos de Língua Portuguesa afiliados a UNI decidiram criar um fórum específico de discussão. Tendo em vista a fragilidade do sistema financeiro, similitude da língua, assim como a expansão internacional das corporações financeiras, eles decidiram promover a capacitação de líderes sindicais, aumentar a troca de experiências e otimizar la utilização de sinergias existentes.
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UNI Finance is working with its affiliates in Africa.
For more information, you can contact:
Aminata Keita, Policy Advisor, aminata.keita@uniglobalunion.org
Or check : www.uni-africa.org


UNI Finance is working with its affiliates in Asia.
For more information, you can contact:
Jayasri Priyalal, Director Finance, Professional and Managerial Sector Activities, priyalal@uni-apro.org.sg
Or check: www.uni-asia.org


UNI Europa Finance is working with its affiliates in Europe.
For more information, you can contact:
Maureen Hick, Policy Officer, maureen.hick@uniglobalunion.org

Morten Clausen, Policy Officer, morten.clausen@uniglobalunion.org



UNI Finance is governed by rules that provide an integrated structure for UNI Finance at global level and in the four regions: UNI Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. The UNI Finance Conference made up of all UNI Finance affiliates unions, has overall responsibility for the policies and activities of UNI Finance. It meets once every four years and elects the UNI Finance President, Vice-Presidents and other members of the Steering Groups in each region.

The UNI Finance Steering Group is responsible for the development of UNI Finance policies and activities in between statutory UNI Finance Conferences. It comprises representatives of UNI Finance affiliates from around the world.

It comprises representatives of UNI Finance affiliates from around the world.

UNI Finance World Steering Group:

President : Rita Berlofa, Contraf-Cut, Brazil (rberlofa@spbancarios.com.br)

Vice-President (Africa): Joe Kokela, SASBO/South Africa (joek@sasbo.org.za)

Vice-President (Americas): Eduardo Negro, La Bancaria/Argentina (srintersindical@bancaria.org.ar

Vice-President (Asia&Pacific):Tahara Masakazu, FNIU/Japan (tahara@fniu.or.jp)

Vice-President (Europa):Michael Budolfsen, FSU/Denmark (mb@finansforbundet.dk)

 At European level the UNI Europa Finance presidium develops strategies and represents UNI Europa Finance politically. 


UNI Europa Finance Presidium:

President:Michael Budolfsen, FSU, Denmark, mb@finansforbundet.dk

Vice-President: Dominic Hook, UNITE the Union, UK, dominic.hook@unitetheunion.org

Vice-President: Pia Desmet SETCA, Belgium, pdesmet@setca-fgtb.be

Vice-President:Francisco Jose Gracia Utrilla, Federacion des Servicios de CCOO, Spain, secretaria.internacional@servicios.ccoo.es

Vice-President:Jörg Reinbrecht, Verdi, Germany, Joerg.reinbrecht@verdi.de