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IG Metall (German: Industriegewerkschaft Metall, "Industrial Union of Metalworkers'") is the dominant metalworkers' union  in Germany. Analysts of German labor relations consider it a major trend-setter in national bargaining. As a metalworkers' union, it represents workers in the motor vehicle industry. Significantly, IG Metall represents both blue- and white-collar workers.

On April 1, 1998 the Gewerkschaft Textil und Bekleidung (GTB), the trade union of textile and clothing joined IGM.
On January 1, 2000 the Gewerkschaft Holz und Kunststoff (GHK), the trade union of wood and plastics joined IGM.

IGM is a member of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB). IGM is also a member of some international union umbrella organisations.

Organisation structure

IGM consists of 7 Bezirke (districts) which are subdivided in Verwaltungstellen (administrative areas):

    * Bezirk Baden-Württemberg headquarters located in Stuttgart; 28 Verwaltungstellen
    * Bezirk Bayern ( Bavaria ) headquarters located in Munich; 21 Verwaltungstellen
    * Bezirk Berlin-Brandenburg-Sachsen ( Berlin + Brandenburg + Saxony ) headquarters located in Berlin; 12 Verwaltungstellen
    * Bezirk Frankfurt ( Saarland + Rhineland-Palatinate + Hesse + Thuringia ) headquarters located in Frankfurt/Main; 27 Verwaltungstellen
    * Bezirk Küste ( "Küste"= "Sea Coast" ) ( Bremen + Hamburg + Schleswig-Holstein + Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania ) headquarters located in Hamburg; 19 Verwaltungstellen
    * Bezirk Niedersachsen und Sachsen-Anhalt ( Lower Saxony + Saxony-Anhalt ) headquarters located in Hanover; 20 Verwaltungstellen
    * Bezirk Nordrhein-Westfalen ( North Rhine-Westphalia ) headquarters located in Düsseldorf; 47 Verwaltungstellen


metall magazine

The IGM magazine metallzeitung has existed since 1949. In 2005 it had a circulation of over 2 million per issue. There are 12 issues per year.


1949-1950: Hans Brümmer, Walter Freitag, Wilhelm Petersen
1950-1952: Hans Brümmer      // 2nd chairman: Walter Freitag
1952-1956: Hans Brümmer      // 2nd chairman: Otto Brenner
1956-1968: Otto Brenner
1968-1972: Otto Brenner      // 2nd chairman: Eugen Loderer
1972-1983: Eugen Loderer     // 2nd chairman: Hans Mayr
1983-1986: Hans Mayr         // 2nd chairman: Franz Steinkühler
1986-1989: Franz Steinkühler // 2nd chairman: Karl-Heinz Jansen
1989-1993: Franz Steinkühler // 2nd chairman: Klaus Zwickel
1993-1998: Klaus Zwickel     // 2nd chairman: Walter Riester
1998-2003: Klaus Zwickel     // 2nd chairman: Jürgen Peters
2003-2007: Jürgen Peters     // 2nd chairman: Berthold Huber
2007-    : Berthold Huber    // 2nd chairman: Detlef Wetzel

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