Elected until: 2018. First elected: 2008. Nationality: Brasilian.
Valter Sanches, born on February 2, 1964, has been a metalworker since 1981 when he started working as a mechanic at a machine building firm in Sao Paulo, Brasil. He holds a degree in Geography from the University of São Paulo (USP). He was then hired by Rolls-Royce in 1985, in São Bernardo do Campo (ABC region).
Since 1988, he has worked as a planner of production processes at Mercedes-Benz in São Bernardo do Campo, where he was elected to the CIPA (Health & Safety Committee) for the 1989-90 term. He has been a member of the Mercedes’ Works Council since 1992. From 1997 to 2005, he was a member of the Council's coordination. He has also been a member of the Union’s Shop Committee (CSE) since 1999.
From 2000 until 2002, Valter Sanches was the Works Council’s and CSE’s coordinator, and between 2000 and 2007 also the Brazilian representative on the (then) DaimlerChrysler World Works Council representing also workers from the Campinas and Juiz de Fora plants. He was a member of the executive council of the ABC Metalworkers’ Union (CNM/CUT’s affiliated) between 2002 and 2005.
In 2004, he was elected Organizing Secretary of CNM/CUT (National Confederation of Metalworkers). In the first semester of 2007, Valter Sanches was named General Secretary of CNM/CUT. He was re-elected General Secretary at the 7th CNM/CUT Congress, held in June 2007. In December 2009 he was elected CNM/CUT’s International Relations Secretary.
In May 2009, he was elected member of the Executive Committee and of the Financial Committee of the International Metalworkers’ Federation.
As from January 2010, he was named Communications Director at the ABC Metalworkers’ Union and President of the Fundação Sociedade Comunicação, Cultura e Trabalho (Labour, Culture and Communication Foundation).
Valter Saches is currently the General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union. He was elected General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union at IndustriALL’ s 2nd Congress, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 5, 2016.