The SPD politician Yasmin Fahimi is to become chairwoman of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB).

This was announced by the DGB federal board on Wednesday in Berlin.

With the 54-year-old SPD member of parliament and former general secretary of her party, a woman would lead the trade union federation for the first time.

The previous DGB chairman Reiner Hoffmann is retiring from office for reasons of age.

For many years, Fahimi was union secretary at the mining, chemical and energy industrial union (IG BCE).

The news portal “ThePioneer” had previously reported about it.

The election will take place in May at the DGB Federal Congress.

According to the DGB, Elke Hannack was again nominated for her position as deputy chairwoman.

According to the information, Anja Piel and Stefan Körzell were also nominated for another term as members of the executive federal board.

As it was also said, a socio-ecological transformation can only succeed if the rights of the employees are strengthened and the safety of the employees is guaranteed.

“The DGB trade unions see themselves as a central force in shaping the transformation.

With Yasmin Fahimi, we are gaining an outspoken labor market and training expert who has many years of experience in the trade unions.”

Fahimi was union secretary of IG BCE from 2000 to 2013, initially in youth work, most recently as head of the policy department.

She was also a permanent State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) before moving into the German Bundestag as a directly elected member in October 2017.