Rail network

Since early 2001 railway workers from several countries come together on a regular basis to discuss the impact of the ongoing privatisation of the railway sector in the European Union, and plan actions against it.


Rail Sans Frontière

In Senegal and Mali, long planned railway privatisation was executed in October 2003, when the central 1.200 km railway line between the two countries’ capitals, from Dakar to Bamako, was sold to a multinational private rail company. Since then workers living from and along the railway have organised themselves in several organisations. TIE supports these workers and has helped with setting up the network Rail Sans Frontière which unites rail workers and activists from railway unions in several West and North African countries, and also in Europe.


Daimler Coordination

The ‘Daimler Coordination’ is an open network of union activists. It supports a regular exchange of information between Daimler plants in Germany. We conceive ourselves as rank-and-file-oriented. Our aim is to look beyond our own work situation by adopting an internationalist perspective. We want to ban narrow thinking in terms of competitiveness, and we want to strengthen solidarity within Germany and beyond.


Car network

The Car network was created in the early 1980s, self-organised by workers from the car industry in Germany. The workers, both from car producers and suppliers, meet twice a year to exchange information on strategies of companies and their labour conditions, how to respond to changes and support each other’s actions and negotiations.


Chemical network

In the 1970s, a network between workers from the chemical industry emerged in Germany. The Chemical network is independent of tie, but as we have always supported their work and efforts we like to mention them here as well.


Company & industry networks

As economic globalisation is gaining more and more influence on decision-making processes on national level, contacts between workers of the respective sectors and companies increasingly gain importance. National answers to lay-offs, outsourcing and restructurings are hard to formulate when transnational companies move their production around the globe with the sole purpose of maximising their profits. Building and supporting international networks of workers active in the same industry or company is one answer to mobilise workers' strength and join their experiences to enable them to counter-act these developments.