IG Mining and Energy

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100 years IG Bergbau und Energie: German postage stamp from 1989
Building with the headquarters of IG Bergbau und Energie in Bochum ( Fritz-Husemann -Haus)

The Mining and Energy Industrial Union ( IGBE / IG BE ) was a trade union of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB) based in Bochum .

It was founded in 1946 as the mining industry association for the British zone of occupation . In 1948 the name was changed to IG Bergbau . A year later, the miners of the French zone were annexed. In 1960 the union changed its name to IG Bergbau und Energie .

In the GDR , the Wismut trade unions were founded in 1990 as the successor to the Wismut industrial union (in Crossen ) and mining-energy-water management (in Bernau near Berlin ), which joined the mining and energy union on November 1, 1990. In 1990 it had 331,000 members.

In 1997, IG Bergbau und Energie merged with IG Chemie-Papier-Keramik (IG CPK) and the leather union (GL) to form the new IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE) .

For the history of the miners 'unions until 1945 see also: German miners' unions !

Chairwoman of the mining and energy union

Meetings and meetings

Some nationwide meetings of the IGBE or its delegates from 1969 to 1972 have been a. partly with the help of the union newspaper “Einheit” of the IGBE, partly with company materials, partly online. The applications from the local groups, especially from the Dortmund area, as well as some of the debates are recorded.


  • Karl Lauschke: Black flags on the Ruhr. The policy of IG Bergbau und Energie during the coal crisis 1958-1968 . Marburg 1984 (series of publications for social history and workers 'movement of the study society for social history and workers' movement Marburg 42).
  • Hans-Eckbert Treu: Stability and change in the organizational development of the trade unions. A study of the organizational development of the Mining and Energy Industrial Union . Frankfurt a. M. 1979.

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