German trade unions back EU Reach plan

Metal, building workers, service sector form counterweight to chemical unions' pressure for streamlining

Germany's biggest trade unions have called for urgent implementation of the EU's Reach chemicals policy. The unions argue that the draft law's environmental and health protection aims have been "systematically eclipsed" by organisations demanding that it be streamlined, which have included Germany's chemical industry trade union IG BCE.

The position paper was produced by IG Metall, representing metal workers, service sector union ver.di, and building and agricultural union IG Bau. It points out that most workers, as well as consumers, are exposed to chemicals, not just workers in the chemicals industry itself.

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