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The Confederation of German Trade Unions (German: Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB) is an umbrella organisation (sometimes known as a national trade union center) for eight German trade unions, in total representing more than 6 million people (31 December 2011). It was founded in Munich, 12 October 1949.

As the trade union umbrella organisation, the DGB represents the German trade union movement in dealing with the government authorities at federal state and national level, the political parties, the employers´ organisations and other groups within society.

The DGB coordinates joint demands, themes and campaigns for its 8 member unions. It supports them in industrial disputes, advocates their interests vis-à-vis politicians and the general public.