AIIC Groups

A worldwide representative organisation, AIIC has concluded collective agreements governing the remuneration and working conditions of conference interpreters freelancing for the international organisations below:

AIIC’s Coordinated Organisations Negotiating Committee negotiates terms and conditions for interpreters who work for organisations that belong to the “Coordinated Organisations” sector. It covers three organisations: the European Space Agency, NATO and the Council of Europe.

The AIIC-Coordinated Organisations Agreement applies to all interpreters who work for these organisations, members and non-members alike.

The full list of institutions that apply the agreement is available here

The delegation represents and defends the interests of the freelance interpreters who work for these organisations. Members who work in the sector elect the delegation at a “sectoral assembly”, which also establishes the negotiating mandate, subject to confirmation by the AIIC Council.

The AIIC-EU negotiating delegation negotiates the terms and conditions of the interpreters who work for the EU organisations. The sector includes several institutions, chief amongst them are: European Commission, European Parliament and the European Court of Justice.

The AIIC-EU Agreement applies to all interpreters who work for the institutions, members and non-members alike.

The full list of institutions that apply the agreement may be obtained from this page.

The delegation represents and defends the interests of the freelance interpreters who work for these organisations. Members who work in the sector elect the delegation at a “sectoral assembly”, which also establishes the negotiating mandate, subject to confirmation by the AIIC Council.

The AIIC-GUF negotiating delegation negotiates the terms and conditions of interpreters who work for the Global Union Federations or GUFs in AIIC parlance.

The full list of institutions that apply the agreement may be obtained from this page.

The AIIC-GUF Agreement applies to all interpreters working for these organisations, members and non-members alike.

The delegation represents and defends the interests of the freelance interpreters who work for these organisations. Members who work in the sector elect the delegation at a “sectoral assembly”, which also establishes the negotiating mandate, subject to confirmation by the AIIC Council.

The AIIC-United Nations negotiating delegation negotiates the terms and conditions of interpreters who work for meetings of the United Nations sector (UN). The sector includes the UN and its specialized agencies, the main amongst them being: ILO, WHO, FAO, UNESCO, ICAO and UNIDO.

The full list of institutions that apply the agreement may be obtained from this page

The AIIC-UN Agreement applies to all interpreters who work for these organisations, members and non-members alike.

The delegation represents and defends the interests of the freelance interpreters who work for these organisations. Members who work in the sector elect the delegation at a “sectoral assembly”, which also establishes the negotiating mandate, subject to confirmation by the AIIC Council.

The AIIC-World Customs Organisation negotiating delegation negotiates the terms and conditions of interpreters who work for the WCO.

The AIIC-WCO Agreement applies to all interpreters who work for the WCO, members and non-members alike.

The delegation represents and defends the interests of the freelance interpreters who work for these organisations. Members who work in the sector elect the delegation at a “sectoral assembly”, which also establishes the negotiating mandate, subject to confirmation by the AIIC Council.

This catch-all sector encompasses the international private market, the national private and public markets, and the intergovernmental organisations or meetings that are not governed by agreements negotiated by AIIC.

Rates of pay are in this sector are always negotiated directly between the interpreters and their clients.

Most conference interpreters do not have a single employer. They work as freelance interpreters for companies, associations, government institutions and the like and in AIIC they form the Private Market Sector (PRIMS). The AIIC Agreement Sector covers freelance when they work for an organisation that has signed a collective agreement with AIIC.

The PRIMS is managed by a Standing Committee and establishes working groups when required. They discuss issues of interest to interpreters, such as languages in demand, recruitment, working practices, work volume in the market, training of interpreters, use of technological innovations in interpreting, statistical surveys, videoconferences and remote interpreting.

The PRIMS holds meetings regularly and makes proposals to AIIC on professional standards and ethics, new technologies, contracts, training of interpreters and other professional issues.