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IF Metall is a trade union in Sweden. It was formed in a 2006 merger between the Swedish Industrial Union (Industrifacket) and the Swedish Metalworkers' Union (Metall). Its roots in Metall trace back to 1888. IF Metall has a unionized of 80%. IF Metall represents around 313,000 workers in around 11,500 workplaces. 21% are women, 15% are under 30 years of age. in a variety of sectors, including: - mechanical engineering and the plastics industry - the building material industry - the mining sector - the ironworks sector - the textile industry, including clothing - automobile repair shops - including disabled workers doing similar tasks within government-sponsored projects. IF Metall is the second-largest affiliate of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation.
Back in 2015, Benjamin Wagener wrote a piece about how the head of the works council at a German car parts maker that supplies many of the nation's premium automakers is accused of trying to exert influence to benefit his labor union, IG Metall. for Handelsblatt Today WEBSITE: Achim Dietrich-Stephan, the head of the works council at ZF in Friedrichshafen, is a powerful, influential person at the car parts maker in southwestern Germany. And that's the problem. Mr. Dietrich-Stephan, also a member of the IG Metall labor union, is being accused of exerting influence to benefit the labor union, at the expense of the company. He has alienated some members within the works council, who have petitioned a court to examine his actions, in particular, the funding of a labor union event last year. That event involved a meeting at a hotel on Lake Constance of union representatives, all members of the works council of ZF, who had come together for discussions with works council head, Mr. Dietrich-Stephan, and IG Metall official Enzo Savarino. The topic of the meeting was the works council election in two months' time. There were plenty of questions: Who would be in charge of information booths? Who would handle promotional gifts? With which issues did the works council members intend to attract votes? The IG Metall members had not spared any expense for their campaign. In the end, the seminar cost €17,682.07, at about $20,000. Their ambitious goal was to secure all available mandates on the works council for the powerful industrial union. The goal was legitimate, but was the methods? ZF, not IG Metall, paid the bill for the campaign preparations in Schnetzenhausen. Mr. Dietrich-Stephan had sold the conference to his employer as a training seminar for works council members. Under Germany's industrial relations law, ZF is required to pay for such seminars, but not for the campaigns of individual tickets. The seminar at the Hotel Krone isn't the only case of its kind. There have been other incidents in which sums paid by the employer allegedly had nothing to do with the activities of the works council, but instead merely benefited IG Metall. According to investigations conducted by Handelsblatt and the Schwäbische Zeitung newspaper, ZF paid about a dozen invoices over the last three years for events that may have been campaign seminars attended by IG Metall works council members, as well as for posters the union used to thank its voters and even the layout of the IG Metall newspaper. The costs are estimated to be as high as €140,000. The invoices tell a story about Mr. Dietrich-Stephan, 47, who is known to play hardball and fight on his and IG Metall's behalf. It's the story of a labor representative for whom personal power and the influence of his union might seem to have become more important than the future of his company – and who is even suspected of not shying away from using illegal methods. For IG Metall, ZF is not just any company. The group, with €32 billion or $36 billion in sales since its takeover of U.S. competitor TRW in May, is now one of the world's third-largest car parts suppliers after Continental with €35 billion in sales and Bosch with €33 billion. Losing influence at ZF would be a heavy blow to self-confident IG Metall. Despite his powerful position, Mr. Dietrich-Stephan doesn't have free rein. Since the 2014 works council election, he must now grapple with two other labor groups, the Christian Metalworkers' Union and an independent ticket called We ZF Employees. The latter promptly deprived IG Metall, which had run unchallenged for decades, of six seats in the 2014 election, even though it was running for the first time. It was more than a bitter defeat for IG Metall, which sees itself as the only legitimate representative of labor in the metal industry. The problem Mr. Dietrich-Stephan is apparently causing ZF goes well beyond IG Metall sensitivities and labor union bills the company should not have paid. They may also include labor costs and working hours at the Friedrichshafen plant and, hence, the competitiveness of ZF's head office. Two years ago, talks over flexible working hour models at the Friedrichshafen plant ended in failure. The works council ended the negotiations only a few months before the works council election. Mr. Dietrich-Stephan was the chief negotiator for the labor side. Friedrichshafen is already the group's most expensive plant. Wages there are about 10 percent higher than those at other German plants, a clear competitive disadvantage, given that labor costs make up an average of 23 percent of the cost of ZF products. Another problem is that truck maker MAN has decided to stop buying transmissions from ZF for two of its models starting in 2017 – transmissions that ZF makes at its Friedrichshafen plant. ZF plants in Saarbrücken and Passau, where the company introduced flexible working-hour models a few years ago, are still expensive compared to its other plants worldwide, but much more competitive than Friedrichshafen, its largest in Germany with about 9,000 employees. Mr. Dietrich-Stephan has gained influence as talks between management and the works council at ZF have become more difficult. He began his career at the company in a training program for industrial mechanics and in 2012 became chairman of the works council at the Friedrichshafen plant. To years later, in May 2014, he was elected general works council chairman of ZF Friedrichshafen AG. A former senior executive, who often interacted with Mr. Dietrich-Stephan, described him as a "power-conscious" man who takes advantage of everything the industrial relations law has to offer. "This means that if you don’t get what you want on the left side, you shut things down on the right side until it hurts the company," he said. As a labor representative, Mr. Dietrich-Stephan is also a member of the supervisory board of the global corporation and, according to supervisory board insiders, would like to become deputy chairman of the board. Mr. Dietrich-Stephan declined to comment. An opposition group within the works council has formed against the omnipotent Mr. Dietrich-Stephan. The We ZF'ler faction is also critical of his behavior. "IG Metall opposed us from the beginning, which was understandable," said Barbara Rentsch, a 56-year-old designer and members of the works council, who resigned from the IG Metall ticket in 2012 and founded the independent ticket. "But it crosses a line when the head of the works council is so power-hungry and determined to fight opposing tickets that he has to resort to these methods." Her group has requested a legal opinion to determine whether the head of the ZF works council is liable to prosecution for fraud, as a result of illegitimate invoices that were approved and charged to ZF. A labor court in the southern city of Ulm has been petitioned to order the company to pay the costs of the legal opinion. ZF itself has been aware of the accusations against Mr. Dietrich-Stephan, as well as the seminars, brochures, and union newspapers paid for by the company. The manufacturer subsequently conducted a corporate audit, which it said did not fully confirm the allegations. "If new information should lead to a different assessment, ZF would of course draw the necessary consequences," a company spokesperson said. The audit was requested by the Wir ZF'ler faction, which asked for help, claiming it was being "regularly obstructed in works council activities" by the IG Metall ticket. Although the auditing department completed its report, it neither questioned the Wir ZF'ler group about the matters in question nor did it mention the legal opinion in its report. When asked about the invoices for campaign posters and union newspapers that may have been wrongly paid, Mr. Dietrich-Stephan cited the corporate audit report, which essentially concluded there were no irregularities. "Our publications are not campaign advertising for a specific union or a specific works council ticket, but instead report on the work of the works council," he told Handelsblatt and Schwäbische Zeitung. Mr. Dietrich-Stephan revealed his true view of his role as works council chairman at the car parts suppliers' company meeting in the summer of 2013, in remarks to the assembled employees. As the host of the meeting, he introduced his predecessor Hans Kirchgässner and Friedrichshafen Mayor Andreas Brand, saying: "I wish to welcome the two most powerful men in the city." It's a position he now appears to be claiming for himself, apparently by all available means.
Team Leader (Former Employee) says"Nothing stands out at this place. You can get fired for just about anything. People on the outside that doesn't work for them can call and say something that will get you fired. STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS PLACE."
Quality Inspector (Former Employee) says"Poor organization. Not concern about their employees at all only getting what they want from other companies they are affiliated with. Management is very poor. Cons: None"
Asesor comercial obra nueva (Former Employee) says"La peor empresa para la que he laborado. No me pagaron mis comisiones y los jefes humillan al empleado. Los compañeros de trabajo en lugar de apoyar solo afectan en el proceso laboral. Cons: Es un asco de empresa"
Wherever the company decides they want you for the day (Current Employee) says"This place is filled with a bunch of lazy, petty grown men that act like a bunch of middle school kids. They throw a fit until they get what they want. Don't expect first shift to work. Everything falls on the off shifts. If you ask the supervisor or plant manager why first shift isn't doing anything they just say I don't know why they aren't then they proceed to tell you that you need to work harder and stop being lazy. They don't make them do their jobs. Don't trust ANYONE there. They will run to the supervisor or plant manager and tell them what you said. Current supervisor is nice but he doesn't like confrontation so there's only so much he will do. He would rather send emails then actually do his job. The plant manager is a joke. He tries to micro manage everything you do, yet he won't make first shift do their jobs. The best part about him is that he acts cool with you until you disagree with him. Then he is out to get you. He will try to make your life horrible. He is as petty as the guys on the floor are. When you tell him about safety concerns or anything else his famous words are, "That's the first that I'm hearing about it" even though you've told this man multiple times about it. He will never take responsibility when he messes up. Because this is a union shop, there is a huge difference in culture between the guys on the floor and everyone else. We guys on the floor are treated like we are dirt. They act like we are all uneducated idiots. Don't even try to suggest safer or more efficient ways at doing things, you will be frowned upon and the guys on the floor will"
Agent de production (Former Employee) says"Fuyez cette entreprise ou vous n’êtes qu’un pion et ou la hiérarchie n’a aucune humanité Cons: Tout"
Service Sales Account Manager (Former Employee) says"Awful experience. She is One h*ll of an act. Some of them are...Belittling."
Sales Administrator (Former Employee) says"Time lines were unattainable. Communications with staff and customers was poor and unorganized. Pay raises were promised but never made it to fruition."
LOGISTICS COORDINATOR (Former Employee) says"Lack of training and no support given. Only focus on errors and never how to prevent them. Favoritism and very unprofessional conduct. Only benefit to gain experience and quickly leave."
Various Positions (Former Employee) says"The work environment, compensation and morale are very low. The work hours, work load, employee turnover and management’s opinion of themselves are very high. If you are a worker, expect to be overwhelmed and under appreciated. Management plays favorites and if you’re not in, it’s a rough place to be. New employees are given priority over seasoned employees. Cons: Zero work life balance and overall morale"
Quality inspector lead (Former Employee) says"This company is cool at all they are rude an dont care about anything tge training is not right u basically trian your self smh how can i new person trian on there second day of work?? They dont no nothing so how can you send someone out too train. ?? Do not ever work for this company unless you are desprate for money to get by!!!!they hire supervisors off the street"
Project Supervisor / Assistant Customer Support Manager (Former Employee) says"long hours with no chance of advancement, any advancement was based on friends and family Worked in plants and facilities all over GTA and Southern Ontario no matter how much you did it was never enough and unappreciated."
Driver Safety Supervisor (Former Employee) says"This company is very bad on racial diversity and office politics is constantly on display. White managers are all old friends and let you know everyday at work. Paid the only black supervisor by the he while 3 other white ones were all salary."
Az driver (Former Employee) says"If you want to make less money than other company's. Go here. Or if your semi retired. Horrible management whenever their there. Job security. Sucks."
Commercial sédentaire (Current Employee) says"Entreprise ne prenant pas compte du bien être de ses salariés !"
Account Manager (Former Employee) says"Management does a poor job of training. I had no support from the inside sales manager as he spent most of the day patting himself on the back. The work demand grew and grew for a chosen few, while others were praised for doing half the amount of work as others. Constant turmoil among the employees and no teamwork at all."
Electricien (Former Employee) says"Tres mauvaise boite de l'esclavage moderne que des imbeciles qui ne connaissent pas grand choses"
Machine Operator (Current Employee) says"I would not recommend this company to my worst enemy. The management SUCKS. The brizalian plant manager don't know what the heck he is doing. He tries to run the plant like we (the Americans ) are from brazile and that we are suppose to work like the brazile people do. Everything is a secret around there. No communication at all. H.R. is a big joke too."
Agent de production (Former Employee) says"J’ai travaillé pour thyssenkrupp mais plus jamais j’y remettrai les pieds , le personnel indifférent avec l’intérimaire, ils nous prennent pour leur esclaves , aucun respect de l’être humain,je me suis fais insulté rabaissé par dès cdi, on travaille mais on s’est même pas ce qu’on fabrique , aucune mini formation pour l’intérim bref plus jamais cette entreprise"
montacarguista (Former Employee) says"Te prometen salarios que no dan y nunca pasas de Ai no hay progreso me decepciona"
Supervisor (Former Employee) says"Was not happy working with this company. There was absolutely no training and no kind of leadership. They would put you somewhere and just leave you. I am a fast paced, motivated worker and love challenges. To be stuck in a room doing nothing is not my line of work. Cons: Horrible communication"