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


1893, Zurich (Switzerland), at International Socialist Congress, as an information bureau; converted, 1904, Amsterdam (Netherlands), into an international federation. Merged: 1951, with H-XH1958 - International Federation of Metallurgists, set up 1911; Aug 1956, with H-XH1917 - International Federation of Foundry Workers, created 1949. New statutes adopted 1951, Bürgenstock (Switzerland); amended: 1971, Lausanne (Switzerland); Oct 1977, Munich (Germany FR); Jun 1981, Washington DC (USA); 1985, Tokyo (Japan). Ceased to exist, Jun 2012, on merger with H-XB0003 - International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) and H-XB2629 - International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF) to become B-XJ6079 - 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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Congress (every 4 years); Central Committee (meeting every 2 years); Executive Committee of 25 members; Finance Committee of 6 members; Secretariat. Industrial Departments (6): Iron and Steel and Non-Ferrous Metals; Mechanical Engineering; Electrical and Electronics Industries; Shipbuilding; Automotive; Aerospace. World Councils; Working groups. Auditing Committee. National Sections and National Committees. Regional offices (5): South Asia; Southeast Asia and the Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; Africa; CIS Countries. Membership open; meetings closed.


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



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