Patrick Itschert - Deputy General Secretary

Born in Overijse, in Belgium, in 1953. Four children.


Humanitarian Studies, Sint-Jozefs College, Aalst (NL Diploma in Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles (FR)

Professional experience

- May2011 Elected Deputy General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation at the Athens Congress

- 2009-2011 General Secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (220 affiliates, 110 countries, some 10 million members)

- 2002-2005 Delegate to the European Economic and Social Committee’s Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI)

- 1991-2011 General Secretary of the European Trade Union Federation: Textiles, Clothing and Leather(ETUF:TCL)

- 1985-1991Director of the Institut du Textile et de la Confection de Belgique (ITCB), responsible for dossiers (commercial actions, training, investments) for francophone companies

- 1981-1985 First Advisor at the ITCB (tripartite body). Examination of dossiers involving investments by textile and clothing enterprises

- 1980-1981 Advisor to the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister and Budget Minister. Specifically in charge of dossiers involving economic expansion and certain industrial sectors (textile, steel, etc)

- 1979-1980 Researcher/collaborator at the "Fondation Roi Baudouin". Assisted in editing a study on ‘The economic future of Belgium’








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