International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF)

Fédération internationale des organisations de travailleurs de la métallurgie (FIOM)
Federación Internacional de Trabajadores de las Industrias Metalúrgicas (FITIM)
Internationaler Metallgewerkschaftsbund (IMB)
Federazione Internazionale dei Sindacati Metalmeccanici (FISM)
Internationella Metallarbetarfederationen (IMF)

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1893, Zurich (Switzerland), at International Socialist Congress, as an information bureau; converted, 1904, Amsterdam (Netherlands), into an international federation. Merged: 1951, with International Federation of Metallurgists, set up 1911; Aug 1956, with International Federation of Foundry Workers, created 1949. New statutes adopted 1951, Bürgenstock (Switzerland); amended: 1971, Lausanne (Switzerland); Oct 1977, Munich (Germany FR); June 1981, Washington DC (USA); 1985, Tokyo (Japan). Ceased to exist, June 2012, on merger with International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) and International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF) to become IndustriALL Global Union (IndustriALL).


Express the views of trade unions on international, social, economic and political questions which affect men and women, manual and non-manual workers, in the metal producing and processing industries and the metal trades; through the cooperation and solidarity of all affiliated unions, achieve security of employment, better living conditions and working conditions and the social and cultural promotion of metalworkers; work for peace, freedom and self-determination for all peoples; strive to eliminate the social and economic gap between industrialized and developing countries and all types of imperialism and economic exploitation of nations; encourage and support affiliated trade unions in their efforts to overcome feudal structures, military domination and any kind of dictatorship.

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Supports organizational efforts of metalworkers, particularly in developing countries and where trade unions have a hard fight for existence; provides moral and financial support for affiliated unions in economic and social conflicts; organizes conferences of industrial departments, regional assistance and educational programmes. Company councils - meetings organized by IMF for its affiliated unions with representation of these companies - include: 'IMF Leoni Council'; 'IMF World Company Council for Flextronics'; 'IMF World Company Council for Alcoa'; 'IMF World Company Council for Alcan'; 'IMF World Company Council for Volkswagen'; 'IMF World Company Council for SKF'; 'IMF World Company Council for General Electric'; 'IMF World Council for Airbus-Boeing'.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 14 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 99 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Employment Conditions
    • Workers
  • Amenities
    • Living Conditions
  • Industry
    • Manufacturing Processes
    • Metal Products

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



Last News Received

26. Sep 2012
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