Global Unions

International Metalworkers’ Federation

13 March 2008: The International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) represents the collective interests of 25 million metalworkers from more than 200 unions in 100 countries. Founded in 1893, the federation covers industries such as steel, non-ferrous metals and ore mining, mechanical engineering, shipbuilding, automobile, aerospace, electrical and electronics.

The IMF aims to improve metalworkers’ wages, working and living conditions and to ensure that metalworkers’ rights are respected. To achieve this, the IMF works with its national affiliates and at a global level to:

  • Build a global metalworkers’ movement,
  • Strengthen international solidarity,
  • Engage with transnational corporations,
  • Secure workers’ rights, including the rights of women workers, and
  • Fight for sustainable economic development.

The IMF keeps abreast of developments in the metal industry, servicing its member unions with research on economic and social issues and fighting for trade union and human rights.

In addition to organising industrial and regional conferences, the IMF brings together trade union representatives to discuss international union policy on subjects such as trade and development, organising the unorganised and health and safety.

Since 2002, the IMF has signed a series of International Framework Agreements (IFAs) with transnational companies, establishing core labour standards as a minimum requirement for the company and its suppliers.