LAB (Basque Union)
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LAB Basque Union
Full name
Native nameLangile Abertzaleen Batzordeak
AffiliationWorld Federation of Trade Unions
Key peopleGarbiñe Aranburu, general secretary
Office locationBilbao
CountryBasque Country

Langile Abertzaleen Batzordeak (LAB, Basque for "Nationalist Workers' Committees") is a Basque left-wing nationalist and separatist trade union[1] operating mainly in Spain currently led by Garbiñe Aranburu.

It was created in 1974 by Jon Idigoras among others. They are part of the Basque National Liberation Movement, an aggregation of leftist Basque nationalist forces including the illegal paramilitary organization Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) and the illegal parties Batasuna and Segi. It is supported by around 45.000 affiliates.[2]

The union is legal and it is one of the four major of its kind in the Basque Country. In the last decades it has been working mostly with the other nationalist union, ELA, while both have been opposed often by the Spanish-wide trade unions, UGT and CC.OO., that make up their own bloc.

In 2019 it had the 19.1% of the labor delegates in the Basque Autonomous Community, being the second biggest union after the also left-wing and abertzale Basque Workers' Solidarity (ELA)[3]. In Navarre the union has similar results, with a total of 978 labour delegates, the 16.43% of the total, being the fourth largest union after UGT, ELA and Workers' Commissions[4].


  1. ^ Faraldo, José M. (2010), "Spain: The Common Experience of Transition and a Military Coup", Solidarity with Solidarity: Western European Trade Unions and the Polish Crisis, 1980-1982, Lexington Books, p. 54
  2. ^ 'LAB será un pilar fundamental en los cambios políticos y sociales', Gara, June 17, 2012
  3. ^ EFE (2019). ELA presume de una representación histórica del 41,6 % en el País Vasco. Diario Vasco.
  4. ^ Lipúzcoa, C. (2018). UGT se mantiene como primer sindicato con CC OO y ELA a muy escasa distancia. Diario de Navarra.

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