The eight member organizations of the DGB, comprising over six million people, are unions that represent workers across entire sectors and organize them in one or more branches of industry or the public sector.
The member unions of the DGB: (just click on the icons of the logos to get to the website of a union)
IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG BAU)
Industrial Union Construction, Agriculture, Environment
Organizing workers and employees in the following industries and businesses: construction workers and workers in the building materials industry, building cleaning, facility management, gardening, forestry, and agriculture.
Members: 273.392 (December 2015)
IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE)
Industrial Union Mining, Chemicals, Energy
Organizing workers and employees in the following industries and businesses: mining, chemical industry, energy industry, glass and ceramic industry, pharmaceutical industry, leather industry and leather crafting, shoemaking.
Members: 651.181 (December 2015)
Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW)
Union for Education and Science
Organizing workers and employees in the following sectors: school teachers, preschool, nursery school, and kindergarten employees, scientific staff at universities and universities of applied sciences, social workers.
Members: 280.678 (December 2015)
Industrial Union for Metalworkers
Organizing workers and employees in the following industries and businesses: iron and steel industry, automotive industry, electrical engineering, woodworking industry and woodworking crafts, automobile repair shops.
Members: 2.273.743 (December 2015)
Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten (NGG)
Union for Food, Beverages, and Catering
Organizing workers and employees in the following industries and businesses: food industry, beverage industry, tobacco industry, breweries, sugar industry, catering and restaurants, bakeries, butcher shops.
Members: 203.857 (December 2015)
Gewerkschaft der Polizei (GdP)
Organizing employees in the following public sectors: police forces of the 16 German federal states, German Federal Police (Bundespolizei), Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt).
Members: 176.930 (December 2015)
Eisenbahn- und Verkehrsgewerkschaft (EVG)
Railway and Transport Union
Organizing primarily workers and employees of railway companies.
Members: 197.094 (December 2015)
Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (ver.di)
United Services Union
Organizing workers and employees in the following industries and businesses: nearly all civil services and most of the public sector, banks, insurance companies, trading, retail, and wholesale companies, media&arts, paper and printing industry, telecommunication and postal service, transport companies, hairdressers, and many other services, employees of churches and NGOs.