ⓘ Kurt van Haaren
Kurt van Haaren was a German trade union leader.
Born in Emmerich, van Haaren attended the Dortmund Social Academy, then began working for the Deutsche Bundespost, delivering mail. He joined the German Postal Union DPG, and then in 1964 began working full-time for the union, as its Dusseldorf district secretary. In 1968, he became a financial secretary for the union in Frankfurt, and was also elected to the DPGs executive committee. From 1970, his work focused on employment law reform, and then from 1975, he was the unions lead on working conditions.
In 1982, van Haaren was elected as president of the DPG, without facing an opponent. Under his leadership, the Bundespost was split up, and then privatised. He opposed the privatisation, then focused on avoiding redundancies during the process.
Van Haaren was elected as the last president of the Communications International, and then served on an interim basis as the first president of its successor, the UNI Global Union. He supported the merger of the DPG into the new ver.di union, which took place in 2001. He then retired, and dedicated his time to the German-Polish Society in Bremen.