The European trade union IndustriAll Europe was formed in May 2012 by a merger of three European trade union federations representing workers from a wide range of industrial sectors.
IndustriAll Europe brought together the European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF), the European Mine, Chemical, and Energy Workers’ Federation (EMCEF), and the European Textiles, Clothing and Leather Workers' Federation (ETUF-TCL).
It represents workers in the extraction of oil and gas, mining, generation and distribution of electric power, manufacturing of metals and metal products, shipbuilding, automotive and aerospace industries, mechanical engineering, electronics, chemicals, rubber, pulp and paper, building materials, textiles, garments, leather and footwear and environmental services.
When it was created, IndustriAll Europe issued a resolution setting out the main points of its future policy direction.
- Industrial policy would focus on promoting the sustainability and quality of industrial products, production, and the utilisation of resources. Improving working conditions and promoting skills and competence development were also vital.
- Company policy strategy would seek to enhance workers’ involvement at company level and ensure in particular that workers were well-equipped to deal with the transnational strategies of multinational companies. Policies focusing on anticipating and managing change in a socially responsible way were an essential part of this strategy.
- Collective bargaining strategy would focus on improving pay, as well as the working and living conditions of workers. This would be achieved through the coordination of national collective bargaining policies and the promotion of a European collective bargaining and Social Policy Agenda. An active wage policy and increased coverage rate of collective agreements were key objectives.
- Social dialogue at European level was also a focus, and the union said it would develop its capacity for joint action with employers’ organisations and build up its capacity for negotiations.
Michael Vassiliadis, IndustriAll Europe’s first President, said:
IndustriAll will draw its clout not merely from strength of numbers but from our clear resolve to be a powerful, purposeful and effective player in the European political arena in order to best represent the interests of industrial workers in Europe.
IndustriAll Europe’s bargaining partners in the context of European social dialogue include the Council of European Employers of Metal, Engineering and Technology-based Industries (CEEMET), the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), and the European Apparel and Texile Confederation (Euratex).