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Michael Vassiliadis Named President of European Mine, Chemical & Energy Worker’s Federation

Michael Vassiliadis, president of the German Chemistry Trade Union IG-BCE, was designated president of the European Mine, Chemical and Energy Worker’s Federation (EMCEF). Michael Vassiliadis is one of the most important personalities of trade unions in Germany and the first president of immigrant descent in a German union. He was born by a Greek father and German mother in 1964, in Esse of North Rhine-Westphalia. He worked at Bayer AG, where he started his union career. In 2009, he was elected president of the powerful IG BCE, which has 690,000 members of the industrial branches of chemistry, carbon and energy. Recently he has been chosen by Chancellor Angela Merkel for the Energy Policy Committee as a consultant of the government, concerning energy issues. EMCEF, which covers the branch of industrial chemistry and energy, is the third biggest European workers’ federation. Its members are 126 trade-unions from 38 countries with about 2,000,000 members.

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