Status: 01/26/2022 12:06 p.m
The SPD member of the Bundestag Fahimi is to lead the German trade union federation in the future. She would be the first woman to hold that position. The previous chairman Hoffmann is retiring for reasons of age.
The SPD politician Yasmin Fahimi is to become the new chairwoman of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB). With the 54-year-old member of parliament and former general secretary of her party, a woman would lead the trade union federation for the first time.
The federal board of the umbrella organization of eight individual trade unions with around 5.8 million members unanimously nominated Fahimi, the DGB announced. The election is scheduled for a federal congress in May.
According to the DGB, Elke Hannack was again nominated for her position as deputy chairwoman. After eight years in office, DGB boss Reiner Hoffmann is no longer in office for reasons of age.
From 2000 to 2013, Fahimi was union secretary of the mining, chemical and energy industry union (IG BCE), initially in youth work and most recently as head of the policy department. In 2014 she became Secretary General of the SPD for almost a year. She is currently a member of the SPD party executive.
Fahimi was also a civil servant at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) before moving into the German Bundestag as a directly elected member in October 2017.
“Many years of experience in the trade unions”
The DGB said that a socio-ecological transformation can only succeed if the rights of employees are strengthened and employee safety is guaranteed. “The DGB trade unions see themselves as a central force in shaping the transformation. With Yasmin Fahimi, we are gaining an outspoken labor market and training expert who has many years of experience in the trade unions.”
IG Metall boss Jörg Hofmann praised Fahimi as “an extraordinarily experienced, well-versed and well-connected expert in matters of the working world”. Hofmann called it an important step for the umbrella organization of the trade unions that a woman was at the head of the DGB for the first time in an election by Fahimi.