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GMB European and International Union Federation Affiliations

GMB affiliates to six European and International sector trade union Federations to support the international industrial interests of our members across the sections.

Our involvement in the Global Union Federations focuses on supporting our organising and campaigning priorities across our industrial sectors. Many of our members work in sectors and companies that are part of an increasingly global environment. It is important that GMB maximises its influence and leverage to support our members’ interests at this level, and develop international worker solidarity across companies and industrial sectors.

Some of the Federations have developed networks of trade unions across some key multinationals such as Amazon and ISS, to co-ordinate campaign work to improve rights and conditions in these companies. The Federations also co-ordinate the European Works’ Councils and Global agreements with multinational companies.

Leaving the EU will not affect our ability to affiliate to the European level Federations, and our involvement in the Federations at European and International level is likely to become more important in the future.

Our work with the Global Union Federations is co-ordinated through GMB’s Industrial Sections, and involves lay activists from our sections and section national officers. GMB is keen to develop our lay activist involvement in the Federations further across the sections.

Our European and International Global Union Federation affiliations across the sections are listed below. Some Federations cover more than one of our sections for certain industries.

 

Commercial Services

GMB affiliates to these organisations on a European and international level which cover the following commercial sectors: security, contract cleaning, logistics, retail/wholesale, gaming, graphical and packaging, commerce, finance, media/entertainment, information communication technology, professional/managers, hair & beauty, temporary agency workers, sport, road rail and maritime transport, energy & utilities.

Public Services

GMB affiliates to these organisations on a European and international level which cover the following public sectors: Health & Social Care; local & regional Government; National and EU Administration; emergency services; prison service; defence.

Manufacturing

GMB affiliates to these organisations on a European and international level which cover the following sectors of Manufacturing: chemical & process; pharmaceutical; aerospace; automotive; shipbuilding; defence; engineering; basic metals; energy and mineworkers; textile, clothing, leather & footwear, building, construction, engineering, woodwork and furniture

 
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