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IG BCE (Trade Union, Germany)

Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie; Industrial Union Mining,Chemistry, Energy

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[IG BCE flag] image by Marcus Schmöger, 4 May 2003

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Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie

The IG BCE (Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie = Industrial Union Mining, Chemistry, Energy) has been formed quite recently (1997) by a fusion of three former trade unions: IG CPK (Industriegewerkschaft Chemie, Papier, Keramik = Industrial Union Chemistry, Paper, Ceramics), IG BE (Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau und Energie = Industrial Union Mining and Energy) and the GL (Gewerkschaft Leder = Union Leather).
The IG BCE has now about 834000 members, and is the third largest trade union in the DGB (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund = German Federation of Trade
Unions). It comprises workers from the chemical industry, mining industry, energy and paper industries mainly.
The red-on-white logo is probably in use since 1997. Although I have not found any official explanation of the logo, my explanation would be: a red sun over a very stylized industrial building with chimney, beneath the short form of the name (IG BCE).
The flags come in four different variants (at least). All of them show the logo on a white field, plus the long name of the trade union (either in red on white; or in white on a red rectangle).

The first variant (top) is slightly higher than wide (100x70cm; 10:7) and is the preferred variant for demonstrations. I have seen this flag during demonstrations in Munich. See this page.
Sources: -own observations and fotos at demonstrations in Munich 1 May 2001; 1 May 2003; this webpage; shop of the IG BCE.
Marcus E.V. Schmöger, 4 May 2003

IG BCE 2nd variant

[IG BCE #2] image by Marcus Schmöger, 4 May 2003

The second variant is a horizontal flag, also used for demonstrations (150x250cm; 3:5). However, I have never seen this myself. See this page.
Marcus E.V. Schmöger, 4 May 2003

IG BCE 3rd variant

[IG BCE #3] image by Marcus Schmöger, 4 May 2003

The third variant is the vertical flag (5:2) that comes in three different subvariants: variant 1 is a Banner (hanging flag) in 300x120cm size: I have seen this 1 May 2003 in Munich; variant 2 is a Knatterflagge (flapping flag) in 375x150cm size; variant 3 is a Knatterflagge (flapping flag) in 300x120cm size. The latter two variants are for hoisting on a normal flagstaff. Examples: 1, 2, 3.
Marcus E.V. Schmöger, 4 May 2003

IG BCE 4th variant

[IG BCE #4] image by Marcus Schmöger, 4 May 2003

The fourth variant is basically a decoration banner in horizontal form (100x120cm; 5:6). See this webpage.
Marcus E.V. Schmöger, 4 May 2003