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The Foreigners' Section

The section is open to Berlin workers from any nationality who don’t speak German as their native language.

Contact info for the section

Mail: faub-aus(a)fau.org

Open meeting: Every 4th Tuesday of the month, 19:30.

Location: FAU office, Grüntaler Str. 24.

Corona-update: currently our meetings are held in person.

The section aims to provide an effective organizational platform for foreigners living in the German capital, as well as support and solidarity in labour rights and workplace struggles involving foreign residents plus essential advice on work and social rights legislation in Germany for non-German speakers.

Goals of the Foreigners' Section

Click here to get to the FAU Berlin's English membership formThe Section’s long-term goal is to develop effective strategies to defend foreign workers’ rights through collective organization in workplaces in Berlin as well as organizing information campaigns and actions to spread awareness amongst non-German speakers of German labour law and their rights in Germany. It offers foreigners a way to overcome their isolation and vulnerability in the face of abusive employment practices in Germany and the means to achieve concrete improvements in their working conditions. The section works on a number of levels; from providing practical support and legal advice on individual issues such as pay and contract disputes to organizing collective solidarity campaigns in labour struggles at companies employing foreign workers around Berlin. Members of the section are directly involved in organizing and coordinating these activities and are actively encouraged to get involved.

For example

An example of a current campaign the section is involved in is the promotion and distribution of its “Labour Rights In Germany” flyer (download here). The section also aims to hold regular events and info sessions. 

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The section is open to workers from any nationality who don’t speak German as their native language, covers a wide range of sectors and industries and aims to share and build on the experiences and talents of people from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities to form an effective, independent union section capable of successfully defending foreign worker’s rights and living conditions. Its membership comes from a diverse range of countries and uses English as its working language with Spanish, Swedish, French, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Greek speakers among others also represented.

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Click here to get to the FAU Berlin's English membership formThe FAU Berlin is an independent grassroots union. It is part of the German Free Workers' Union (FAU) federation. Join us, take part, get active.

We'll be back!

FAU Berlin is currently restructuring! This means that we are reducing some of our public activities, to focus on our strategy for the future. Throughout this time we are still providing support to our membership. If you are a member and need assistance, don't hesitate to contact your section/workplace group, or drop into our open Lokal on Fridays.

Intro and advice
Our sections and work place groups are responsible for onboardings of new members – get in touch!
On the 4. Friday of the month there will be an onboarding for new members that are not active in any section or work place group. Please contact if you need it, language support.
Open FAU office: Every Friday, 5:00–8:00 PM.
Union help desk: always on the 2. and 4. Friday of the month, 6:30 – 7:30 PM.
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Advice for worker and business collectives: See the advice page (german) of the union coop // federation.
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Name: Allgemeines Syndikat Berlin
IBAN: DE45 1605 0000 3703 0017 11
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