Assistant General Secretary IndustriALL
Kemal Özkan was re-elected as Assistant General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union at its 2nd Congress on 5 October 2016. He was first elected to the position of Assistant General Secretary at IndustriALL's founding Congress in June 2012.
As an engineer with a master’s degree in economics and business administration, Özkan worked at Petroleum, Chemical and Rubber Workers’ Union, which belongs to the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey, for 16 years working at all levels of the union with his last position being Assistant to the President.
As of the beginning of 2007, Kemal Özkan joined the International Chemical, Energy and Mine Workers' Federation (ICEM) in Brussels as Chemical and Rubber Industries’ Officer. Along with his specific industrial responsibilities, in June 2011, he was appointed as Director of Industry and Corporate Affairs of the organization.
He has been active in international trade union solidarity action within global and European trade union federations, including participating in the founding congresses of ICEM and EMCEF in 1995 and 1996 respectively.
Coming from a family of trade unionists, Özkan’s father was imprisoned for four years for union activity during the military coup d’état in Turkey in 1980.