Peter Scherrer was elected as ETUC Deputy Secretary General at the Paris Congress in 2015. He previously worked for the German Metalworkers’ Trade Union (IG Metall) in Frankfurt, where he held the post of European Industrial Policy officer.

As DGS, he is responsible for the wide-ranging and important policy areas of European Social Dialogue and workers’ participation, including European Works Councils. He also covers industrial policy, and the emerging issue of standardisation.

Before joining IG Metall, he spent three years as Labour Director with ArcelorMittal Bremen. He was General Secretary of the European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF) from 2005-2011.

Peter started his working life at the age of 14 as an apprentice metalworker, and was later employed as a welder, truck driver and postman. During the 1980s, he studied history, social sciences and journalism in Germany and the UK, obtaining a Master’s degree in history from the University of Bielefeld in 1989. From 1998-2002 he was Editor-in-Chief of the South-East Europe Review for Labour and Social Affairs (SEER).