EMF votes in favour of new European Industry Federation

10/06/2011

Towards a European Industrial Trade Union Federation

Today 500 delegates attending the congress of the European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF) voted unanimously in favour of the creation of a new European Industrial Trade Union Federation.

The development of the EMF is an expression of the desire of the European metalworkers’ unions for closer cooperation. The EMF has gained importance and political weight. Its resources and competences have been enlarged and its functions have been expanded; from a lobbying organisation defending workers’ interests it has primarily developed into a transnational coordination platform.

The EMF has succeeded in concluding agreements that are binding upon the member organisations, building up its capacity for action and campaign skills, and negotiating on an institutionalised basis with the European institutions and employers. Its member organisations have endowed it with a substantial mandate for this purpose.

One of the main organisational challenges ahead of the EMF is the creation of a new trade union federation: the amalgamation with the European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation (EMCEF) and the European Trade Union Federation – Textiles, Clothing and Leather (ETUF-TCL) should be the prior condition for setting up a European federation of unions in manufacturing industry.

The three European trade union federations are already cooperating in various ways and there are hopes of even more effective deployment of resources and greater representativeness. But the history of European trade union structures has also come full circle with the creation of a new trade union federation. It reunites mining and metalworkers’ unions into a single federation fighting for their aims, as was the case within the 21 Committee and the Coal and Steel Committee in the early days of European unification.

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PRESS 15/2011

The EMF is the representative body defending the interests of workers in the European metal industry. The EMF has a mandate for the external representation and coordination of the metalworkers' unions and a mandate to engage in bargaining at European level.

For further information please contact:

Ulrich Eckelmann, EMF General Secretary, +32.2.2271010

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