Sieglinde Friess

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Sieglinde Frieß at the ver.di strike in Hamburg on April 12, 2018

Sieglinde Frieß (born April 1, 1959 in Burgau , Swabia , Bavaria ) is a German trade unionist and deputy regional head of the ver.di trade union in Hamburg.


Frieß attended grammar school and technical college and completed a degree in social education in Nuremberg . From 1983 to 1990 she was a member of the parliamentary group of the Greens in the German Bundestag and, from 1984 to 1987, she was also a works council member of the parliamentary group. In 1989 and 1990 she was also a member of the Bundestag. As a member of the Berlin Bundestag on the Alternative List , she only got full voting rights in June 1990. Her political priorities were finance, labor market and social policy, as well as women's policy.

From 1984 to 1991 Frieß was the spokeswoman for the green trade unionists, and since 1992 she has been a member of the ÖTV , which was incorporated into ver.di in 2001, in Hamburg . There she was trade union secretary for the public service, civil servants' secretary and deputy district manager for the areas of public service, utilities and disposal, personnel development, women and education. From 2001 to 2019 she was the head of the federal / state and municipal district departments. Since February 22, 2019, she has been the deputy regional director of the ver.di union in Hamburg.

Friess is married.

Attitude towards reunification

In the last phase of the dissolution of the GDR , Frieß, like many members of her party, took a critical stance on reunification . Frieß accused the federal government of striving for a “ Greater German Reich ” and advocated full recognition of the GDR in order to support its democratization. In the following year, during the process of reunification, she participated in the planning for a large rally in Frankfurt am Main under the motto “Against chauvinism , neo-fascism and reunification”.


Individual evidence

  1. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung : General discussion under the sign of Germany policy , p. 6, September 6, 1989, accessed on November 29, 2012
  2. Der Spiegel : Empty hands, empty brains , February 19, 1990, accessed November 11, 2012