14 June, 2012
Assistant General Secretary
Monika Kemperle was elected as Assistant General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union at its founding Congress on 19 June 2012.
Within IndustriALL Monika has political responsibility for the work in the textile and garment, shoes and leather industries, as well as leading the work on gender issues and non-manual workers. Monika was the Executive Secretary of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB) and a member of the Federal Council of the Austrian parliament from 2007 to 2013.
Monika started her career as an office clerk, then worked in the hospitality industry and as a seamstress. Before long her career focused on the trade union movement and she began working for the Union of Metal, Mining and Energy Workers (GMBE) in 1987.
Following further advanced studies, Monika became Executive Secretary for legal protection at GMBE and then for policy on women’s issues. From 2003 to 2007 Monika served as Executive Secretary of the Union of Textile, Garment and Leather Workers.
Monika’s political work in Austria focused on social issues, gender equality, education and training, and, at the international level, on decent work and living conditions of employees.