|Full name||German Metalworkers' Union|
|Native name||Industriegewerkschaft Metall|
|Key people||Detlef Wetzel, president|
|Office location||Frankfurt, Germany|
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.
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
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
- German homepage
- English section of German Homepage
- online version of the magazine, in German
- Thelen, Kathleen. 1993. West European Labor in Transition: Sweden and Germany Compared. World Politics 46, no. 1 (October): 23-49.