EMF Congress 2011

The European Metalworkers' Federation (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.

The EMF Congress takes place on 9-10 June 2011 in Duisburg, Germany.


The Congress will decide on the EMF Political Resolution, which paves the way for the next four years:

'A sustainable future for metal industries: a decent and organised future for metalworkers in Europe'

A strong sustainable manufacturing base is essential for sustained economic prosperity and stability in Europe. A longer term European strategy to secure more and better jobs and reduce growing socio-economic inequality must be the basis of European integration in the coming period and should underpin the ‘Europe 2020’ agenda. The European Metalworkers’ Federation’s raison d’être is to defend and promote a sustainable future for European manufacturing workers, fighting for the respect of workers’ rights, and improved working and living conditions.


European Metalworkers’ Federation elects new leadership

Today at the fourth Congress of the EMF a new leadership was elected for the next EMF Congress period.

Ulrich Eckelmann, Director of IG Metall’s Department of Economic, Technological and Environmental Policy since 1988 in Germany, was elected new EMF General Secretary having received 99,5% of the votes cast. With a solid trade union background in economic and financial analysis as well as in industrial and collective bargaining policy, the new General Secretary will steer future EMF policies which seek to guarantee a sustainable future for European metal industries and a decent and organised future for metalworkers in Europe.

From left: Renzo Ambrosetti, EMF President (Unia, CH), Ulrich Eckelmann, EMF General Secretary (IG Metall, DE) and Bart Samyn, EMF Deputy General Secretary (ABVV-Metaal, BE)


EMF votes in favour of new European Industry Federation

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.

Time scedule

Overview of the Congress time scedule.

Congress location

The Congress of the European Metalworkers' Federation takes place at Landschafts Park Duisburg Nord in Germany on 9-10 June 2011.

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Congress Poster

The EMF Congress Poster can be downloaded below.

All Congress delegates will receive a poster on the spot.


Communications @ Congress

The EMF is hoping to make the proceedings, activities and outcomes of the Congress as visible as possible. Therefore the EMF invites all affiliated trade union communicators to a briefing at the iPoint on the day prior to Congress, i.e. Wednesday 8 June 2011 at 12H00-14H00.

The purpose of the meeting is to ensure visibility and to describe the various communications activities that are taking place at and around the Congress.


Unions in Motion - EMF Film Festival

10-11 June 2011 at Landschaftspark Nord in Duisburg, Germany

'Trade unions using audiovisual tools to illustrate the challenges of a changing society and industry as well as the need to safeguard jobs and a future for all workers.'

Motion graphics and programme in English, German and French are available now!


Creating a counterweight and innovatory force for European workers

To celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the European Metalworkers’ Federation (1971 - 2011), the EMF has published a book that provides an overview of the history of the organisation.

The EMF’s history acts as a spur to the continued commitment towards Europe and to the fight for a social Europe.


Moving forward with our Europe

Brussels, 12-13 April 2011

Ahead of the EMF congress, Birlesik Metal-Is (Turkey), OS Kovo (Czech Republic), OZ Kovo (Slovak Republic) and ACV-CSC Metea (Belgium) are organising a joint conference called 'Moving forward with our Europe'.

Flash news

EMF Celebrates 40 years! 1971-2011

EMF list of meetings 2011

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