Germany’s powerful metalworkers’ union, IG Metall, sees itself as a modern labor organization.
While at past trade union congresses delegates were easily recognizable by their heavy rucksacks full of files, at this year’s event everything fit on an app or PC tablet. The world’s largest labor union is also renewing its pursuit of members through the Internet.
And this week, IG Metall broke even more new ground at its congress in Frankfurt where for the first time in its nearly 125-year history, the labor union elected a woman, 47-year-old Christiane Benner, as its deputy chairperson.
But if you look at the union’s contradictory agenda for the next four years, you might wonder if it has truly arrived in the future.