France’s CFE-CGC metallurgy umbrella organisation has formally joined its pan-European EMF counterpart.

After six years in the status of observer, the CFE-CGC has finally inked an agreement allowing it to participate in European metallurgy union discussions.

“We signed this [deal] because the EMF is very present in social dialogue with businesses – we wanted to participate in most of he decisions between enterprise and the EMF,” CFE-CGC national secretary Europe and international Anne-Catherine Cudennec in Paris told just-auto.

“It will allow us to be present every time there are negotiations and not be apart from what could happen at a European level.”

The French automotive industry represents one of CFE-CGC’s most significant areas of activity, with the union being the largest labour organisation at Renault for example.

CFE-CGC is already affiliated to the International Federation of Metallurgy Workers (IMF-FIOM), but the EMF move will now see the French body represented at a European level.

Brussels-based EMF counts 72 member organisations in 33 countries.