Mari-Ann’s union involvement started at Electrolux where she became President of the local SIF branch and then in 1990 SIF representative on the Electrolux Group Board and member of the SIF Executive Committee. Since 1996 Mari-Ann has been President of SIF. She is also President of IMF non-manual workers department and vice-president of the Swedish confederation, TCO and of Nordic Metal.
Lucie is the International Secretary with IMF-affiliate OS KOVO in the Czech Republic. Her main responsibilities include collective bargaining, equal opportunities and the automobile industry within the European Metalworkers Federation and international projects and contact within the IMF.
A USWA Staff Representative for British Columbia, Canada, Carol is also very active in education. She is one of the union’s Women of Steel Coordinators.
Emilia’s union career started in a Philips factor in Manaus, Brazil. In 2001 she became CNM-CUT’s education office in Manaus. Since July 2004 she has occupied the newly-created post of national secretary for women.
Jessie is currently Executive Secretary of one of the largest industrial unions in Singapore, the MIWU. Her responsibilities include negotiating wages, collective agreements and rights on behalf of workers.
Nair is responsible for international relations with Brazilian affiliate CNTM. At the same time she is also vice president of the Força Nacional Sindical. She started work at 14 in the textile industry before changing to the metal industry where she became involved in union work.
Mare is one of the few women General Secretaries of metalworking unions in the world today, a post that she has held with SMER Macedonia since 1997. Her responsibilities include looking after the union’s finances and organisational matters as well as making international contacts.
Having started with the union as a shop steward, Selina was appointed six years ago as National Coordinator for Gender and Health and Safety for NUMSA, South Africa. She is responsible for gender structures and programs, coordinates the work of the regions and runs courses on HIV/AIDS. Selina is also Gender representative in the National Executive Committee.