International Metalworkers' Federation

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Full name International Metalworkers' Federation
Founded August 1893
Date dissolved 2012
Merged into IndustriALL Global Union
Members 25 million (2009)
Affiliation International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
Key people Jyrki Raina, General Secretary
Berthold Huber, President
Office location Geneva, Switzerland
Country International

The International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF) was a global union federation of metalworkers' trade unions, founded in Zürich, Switzerland in August 1893. As of 2009, the IMF had more than 200 member organisations in 100 countries, representing a combined membership of 25 million workers.[1]

The federation was founded as the International Metallurgists' Bureau of Information, becoming the "International Metalworkers' Federation" in 1904. From 1921, its constitution called for not only international co-operation to improve wages and conditions, but also for workers to take over the means of production.[2]

Membership of the federation reached 1.9 million in 1930, but fell to only 190,000 in 1938, hit by the international depression. By 1947, membership had reached a new high of 2.7 million, and the federation took a leading role in opposing the World Federation of Trade Unions, instead becoming a founding constituent of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.[2]

The organization held a congress every four years, consisting of delegates from the member organisations. The congress established the broad lines of the IMF's policies and actions and elected the President and General Secretary of the IMF.

The international headquarters of IMF was based in Geneva, Switzerland. There were regional offices in Johannesburg, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Santiago, Mexico City, and a project office in Russia.

In June 2012, the IMF merged into the new global federation IndustriALL Global Union.

General Secretaries[edit]

1893: Hermann Vogelsanger
1896: Charles Hobson
1904: Alexander Schlicke
1920: Konrad Ug
1954: Adolphe Graedel
1971: Ivar Noren
1970s: Herman Rebhan
1989: Marcello Malentacchi
2009: Jyrki Raina


  1. ^ "For a strong international labour movement". Retrieved 5 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b James C. Docherty and Sjaak van der Velden, Historical Dictionary of Organized Labor, p.146

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