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Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie; IG BCE

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[IG BCE flag] Image by Marcus Schmöger, 4 May 2003

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Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie - IG BCE

     The IG BCE (Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie) has been formed in 1997 by a fusion of three former trade unions: the Industrial Chemistry, Paper, and Ceramics Union or IG CPK (Industriegewerkschaft Chemie, Papier, Keramik, the Industrial Mining and Energy Union, or IG BE (Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau und Energie), and the Leather Union, or GL (Gewerkschaft Leder). The IG BCE has now about 834,000 members, and is the third largest trade union in the German Federation of Trade Unions, or DGB (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund). It mainly comprises of workers from the chemical industry, mining industry, energy and paper industries.
     The red-on-white logo has probably been in use since 1997. Although I have not found any official explanation of the logo, my explanation would be: a red sun over a very stylized industrial building with chimney, beneath the short form of the name (IG BCE).
     The flags come in (at least) four different variants. All of them show the logo on a white field, plus the long name of the trade union (either in red on white; or in white on a red rectangle).
     The first variant (top) is slightly higher than wide (100x70cm; 10:7) and is the preferred variant for demonstrations. I have seen this flag during demonstrations in Munich.
     Sources: My own observations and photos at demonstrations in Munich on 1 May 2001 and 1 May 2003 (no longer active) of the IG BCE.
Marcus Schmöger, 4 May 2003


IG BCE Flag - 2nd Variant

[IG BCE #2] Image by Marcus Schmöger, 4 May 2003

The second variant is a horizontal flag, also used for demonstrations (150x250cm; 3:5). However, I have never seen this myself. Source: no longer active.
Marcus Schmöger, 4 May 2003


IG BCE Flag - 3rd Variant

[IG BCE #3] Image by Marcus Schmöger, 4 May 2003

The third variant is the vertical flag (5:2) that comes in three different subvariants: variant 1 is a Banner (hanging flag) in 300x120cm size: I have seen this 1 May 2003 in Munich; variant 2 is a Knatterflagge (flapping flag) in 375x150cm size; variant 3 is a Knatterflagge (flapping flag) in 300x120cm size. The latter two variants are for hoisting on a normal flagstaff. Examples: no longer active, no longer active, no longer active.
Marcus Schmöger, 4 May 2003


IG BCE Flag - 4th Variant

[IG BCE #4] Image by Marcus Schmöger, 4 May 2003

The fourth variant is basically a decoration banner in horizontal form (100x120cm; 5:6). Source: no longer active.
Marcus Schmöger, 4 May 2003


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