Areas of work

The four pillars of the EMF are Industrial Policy, Collective Bargaining Policy, Company Policy and Social Dialogue.

Anticipating and managing change is the core activity of the EMF. Under the conditions of a fast changing economic and social environment socially acceptable industrial restructuring has to be seen as a standing exercise. In this respect the restructuring issue has two aspects. One is the forward looking and continous approach of change and the other is the efficient management of urgent cases of restructuring at company and sectoral level.

EMF Organisation chart in English, German, French.

Collective Bargaining Policy

In order to improve working and living conditions for the metalworkers in Europe, the EMF works towards a European coordinated collective bargaining policy. Thus, the EMF as a federation of European metal workers' trade unions, is part of the process to create a more social Europe where there is room for a "genuine negotiation culture".

Economic crisis

Economic crisis: EMF defending manufacturing in Europe

Manufacturing workers have found themselves victims of a crisis far from their making. Governments have handed hundreds of billions of euros to the bankers and have effectively told working people that they must pay the price for the crisis. Its seriousness is evident from the increasing numbers of redundancies, soaring unemployment rates and heightening social tension. The European Metalworkers Federation (EMF) wholeheartedly rejects the burden being placed on ordinary working people.

Equal Opportunities

The EMF work in the area of equal opportunities include equal pay for men and women, reconciling professional and private life, as well as combating all forms of gender-linked violence and sexist stereotypes.

Industrial Policy

Industrial policy is one of the key action areas of the EMF Work Programme from 1999. Horizontal approaches (energy, external trade, innovation, environment) and sectoral approaches (all metal sectors) are combined and seek to find a balance between developing employment and improving competitiveness. Industrial policy creates the framework for a strong European metal industry with a high level of employment.


The numbers of migrant workers - both intra- and extra-Europe - are increasing rapidly and they play an important social and economic role in Europe.

The EMF clearly states that all workers should be covered by collective agreements, the welfare state and social security systems without any kind of discrimination. To achieve this we have to use the existing collective bargaining systems to a maximum to assure the same rights to all workers, regardless of their status or origin. This would also give a clear position in the debate on posted employees, the service directive and the principle of country of origin. The debate should therefore focus on all aspects of this issue and include that of increased inner European labour mobility as well as immigrant workers and illegal immigration in Europe.

Position Papers

In this section you can find all EMF Position Papers organised by language, topic and FEM registration number in chronological order.

Social Dialogue

The Social Dialogue focuses on building lasting dialogue structures with European-level employers’ and industry associations in the metal sector.

The social dialogue is being developed at the metal sectoral level with the employers’ organisation CEEMET as well as at the level of sub-sectors such as the shipbuilding and steel industries. Through the social dialogue the EMF seeks to develop common solutions to meet the challenges of global competition and industrial change affecting the metalworking sector across Europe. The EMF strives to improve the economic and social situation of workers by reconciling the legitimate social interests of workers and the need for competitive industries.

For more information, contact Andrea Husen-Bradley, Senior Adviser.

European Commission Social Dialogue website.


In the section Solidarity, the EMF posts letters of solidarity from trade unions in Europe and around the world.

The Archive.

South-Eastern Europe Region & Baltic States

For more information please contact Peter Scherrer, General Secretary and Mina Vukojicic, Policy Adviser.

Training & Education

Competence development and lifelong learning are central elements of an integrated EMF approach to developing employment, employability and competitiveness in the European metal industry. Education and training have also become a central element of the anticipation of change in the manufacturing industry in Europe.

Lifelong learning is a horizontal approach linked to industrial policy, collective bargaining, social dialogue and company policy.

For more information please contact Isabelle Barthes, Senior Policy Adviser.


There are specific labour market and industrial relations conditions with regard to young people that make them distinct from other groups of workers, mainly as regards precarious employment.

For more information please contact Mina Vukojicic, Policy Adviser.

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