IndustriAll has named Jörg Hofmann as its president and Valter Sanches as general secretary

IndustriAll has named Jörg Hofmann as its president and Valter Sanches as general secretary

The IndustriAll Global Union has elected new leadership, including naming Jörg Hofmann as its president and Valter Sanches as general secretary, during its second world congress in Brazil last week.

During the event, which saw 1,500 delegates from more than 100 countries gather in Rio de Janeiro, the union also named its new assistant general secretaries as Atle Høie, Jenny Holdcroft and Kemal Özkan, who was re-elected to the position.

The union, which represents 50m workers, also bid farewell to IndustriAll's founding president, Berthold Huber, and general secretary Jyrki Raina, who both stepped down.

During the congress, delegates also discussed IndustriAll's action plan for the next four years.

Last week, IndustriAll and Swedish trade union IF Metall re-signed a global framework agreement (GFA) with Swedish fashion retailer H&M, converting an earlier deal into a permanent collaboration.

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The deal followed a partnership with Tchibo the previous week, which saw the brand become the first retail company in Germany to sign a GFA in a bid to improve worker rights in countries where it sources its merchandise.

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