In the seventies a network between workers from the chemical industry
emerged in Germany. The workers united based on their common critique
of the concession-based policy of the established unions in the
chemical industry, a common understanding of what a democratic trade
union movement should look like and a shared criticism of the labour
market politics of the government.
Over the years the network has worked on several issues, some directly
linked to the chemical industry and some further removed, but always
based on the idea that a trade union movement should be build bottom-up
and have strong links to other movements in the society.
The Chemical network is independent of tie, but as we have always
supported their work and efforts we like to mention them here as
European cooperation at Sanofi
Since 2005 German and French labour activists of the multinational
Sanofi began working together. Workers organised by SUD Chimie in
France and labour activists of the chemical sector at Sanofi in
Frankfurt joint their efforts in their opposition to the merger
of Hoechst and Sanofi.
Since then they have organised joint visits at Sanofi in Rouen
and Frankfurt, united on positions within the European Works Council,
on the drug policy of the company, the bird flue… and exchanged
information on company policies, workload and counter strategies.
They also distributed several common leaflets to the employees in