He is the senior citizens’ representative of IG metall in the kitzingen district. And that is somehow logical. Who else should take on this work than alois klebes??
His life is the union. He stands behind their goals, their values and he appreciates the community. The man from kleinlangheim has been a union member for 50 years, and his wife edith for 49 years. When asked whether unions will continue to be important in the future, the otherwise courteous and cheerful alois klebes looks at his counterpart as if he is not of this world. "Of course," he says then. "Just think of the IT industry. The poor guys have to be available around the clock. It is not possible."
Pioneering schafkopf evenings
Throughout his working life, alois klebes has championed the interests of employees. At the age of 24, he was already the chairman of the works council at the baumuller company in kitzingen, germany. He had previously learned at the company rothe. Every day he rode his moped from his home town of konigheim in tauberfranken to kitzingen. One hour there, one hour back. After the first winter, he took a room with the former locksmith of the fehrer company in the housing estate. In the evening, he played schafkopf with his works council chairman and his colleague from huppmann. Young alois got involved as a "brunskarter" – and got infected with the union virus. "We need a good and functioning counterweight to the employers," he is still convinced today. Without the unions, the gap between rich and poor would widen even further. He fought for workers’ rights throughout his active career. He describes the implementation of sick pay insurance in the 60s and 70s as a major achievement. "Today a matter of course."He also thinks back fondly to the introduction of the 35-hour week. "So we could save hundreds of thousands of jobs."