IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie

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Full name IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie
Founded October, 1997
Members 675,000
Affiliation DGB
Key people Michael Vassiliadis, president
Office location Hannover, Germany
Country Germany
Website www.igbce.de

The IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE) is a trade union in Germany. It is one of eight industrial affiliations of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB).

The IG BCE was created in 1997 from the merger of IG Bergbau and Energie, IG Chemie-Papier-Keramik, and Gewerkschaft Leder. It covers workers in the following industries: mining (especially of coal), chemicals, natural gas, glass, rubber, ceramics, plastics, leather, petrol (and related products), paper, recycling, and water. With some 675,000 members (as of January 2012)[1] IG BCE represents about one tenth of all DGB members and is the third biggest union within that confederation. There are some 1,100 locals and 900 groups of shop stewards organized in 44 regional districts, which cooperate in eight state chapters: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse/Thuringia, North, Northeast, North Rhine, Rhineland-Palatinate/Saar and Westphalia.[2]


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