Gesamtmetall in English

Gesamtmetall in English

Gesamtmetall in English

Picture: Dr. Rainer Dulger, President of Gesamtmetall

Who we are

Gesamtmetall (Federation of German Employers' Associations in the Metal and Electrical Engineering Industries) is the umbrella association of the regional employers’ associations in the German metal and electrical (M+E) industry. Founded in 1890, the association represents the common interests shared by Germany's largest industrial sector.

Gesamtmetall aims to improve industrial relations and working conditions, and thus the performance of the German M+E industry. This is crucial for creating and securing competitive jobs in Germany. Gesamtmetall speaks for 22 member associations representing more than 6,800 companies and almost 2.2 million employees. Most member companies use Gesamtmetall's collective-bargaining mechanism.

The association is headed by its President Dr. Rainer Dulger (Managing Partner at ProMinent GmbH). The Director General is Oliver Zander. Gesamtmetall employs a staff of over 40 at its headquarters in Berlin and its liaison office in Brussels.

Our industry – Facts and Figures

The German M+E industry is Germany’s key industrial sector. It generates a turnover of more than a trillion euros a year in more than 24,000 companies with a total of over 3.7 million employees.

The companies generate most of this turnover by manufacturing capital goods. Two thirds of products and services are exported. The M+E industry is largely made up of small and medium-sized enterprises. Over two thirds of the companies employ fewer than 100 staff; only two percent have a workforce of over 1000. The largest M+E sectors are mechanical engineering, the automotive industry, electrical engineering, metal-working and the precision mechanics/optics/clocks sector.

What we do

Industrial labour relations

Gesamtmetall analyses the economic climate, devises strategies for collective bargaining, coordinates negotiations with trade unions, provides support in the event of industrial action, and helps companies implement collective-bargaining agreements. But its conceptual work is not limited to bargaining rounds. Gesamtmetall is also continuously working on ways to improve the collective-bargaining system itself.

Social policy

Gesamtmetall voices the M+E industry's positions on social policy at national and European level. The focus is on sustainably financed social security systems and keeping companies’ administrations manageable. Gesamtmetall supplies its member associations with know-how on matters such as old-age provision, health policy and social security. Gesamtmetall is also actively involved in shaping social policy. Examples include the founding of the MetallRente pension fund and a collective agreement that enables employees to pay part of their salary into a pension fund.

Education and training

Gesamtmetall is involved in designing and revising job profiles for vocational training. It funds a number of projects to improve training in mathematics and science, and informs the public about working in the M+E industry. Parents, teachers and young people are informed in many ways about jobs, career prospects and the necessary requirements for vocational training in M+E companies.

Public relations

Gesamtmetall formulates and publicizes the positions shared by the M+E industry on all important issues. Our messages focus on putting across entrepreneurial positions and explaining the industry’s views. In this context Gesamtmetall seeks the dialog with the media based on mutual trust.

European and international affairs – The Brussels liaison office

Gesamtmetall represents the interests of the M+E industry in all matters of collective bargaining and social policy at the European and international level. Gesamtmetall also provides its member associations with comprehensive information on terms of employing staff abroad.

Gesamtmetall and its members associations are deeply convinced that the European integration as well as the completion of the internal market is not only highly beneficial for the citizens of Europe but also a simple necessity in an exceedingly competitive world. The competence to legislate on social issues remains mainly on national level. Nonetheless, the number of European legislative initiatives in the field of social policy has increased considerably in recent years. These legislations affect the core business of Gesamtmetall and its members associations to a greater extent. In many cases these initiatives represent a serious threat to the competitiveness of our industry and right to free collective bargaining protected by article 9 of the German Basic Law.

Given the growing importance of European social policy, Gesamtmetall established a liaison office in Brussels to strengthen its International Department. Via its Brussels office, Gesamtmetall represents the interests of the German M+E industry vis-à-vis the European institutions. To this end Gesamtmetall collaborates closely with its European umbrella organisation CEEMET, the Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based Industries, and its 21 affiliated associations.