ALE Federation of European Train Drivers’ Unions


The Federation of European Train Drivers’ Unions – ALE is an organisation of 13 European train drivers’ unions.

ALE’s constituent member unions represent more than 45,000 train drivers.

ALE is a professional organisation, which represents its social and economic interests throughout the European railways.

Executive Presidency

Since the last Congress in 2022 the Executive Presidency is formed by:

Juan Jesús García Fraile

Juan Jesús García Fraile

President of ALE

Sindicato Español de Maquinistas y Ayudantes Ferroviarios SEMAF

Paseo de las Delicias 20, Planta 3
28045 Madrid

Tel: + 34 / 91 / 7 74 94 00

Leszek Mietek

Leszek Mietek

Vicepresident of ALE

President ZZM Poland

Zwiazek Zawodowy Maszynistow Kolejowych W Polsce ZZM
ul. Grójecka 17
PL-02-021 Warszawa

Tel: + 48 / 22 / 47 42 615

Pietro Serbassi

Pietro Serbassi

Vicepresident of ALE

President FAST Confsal Italy

Federazione Autonoma dei Sindacati dei Trasporti (FAST Ferrovie)
Via Albona 1
00177 Rome

Tel: + 39 / 6 / 4730 76 66

Management Board

The Management Board of ALE is composed of:

  • the Executive Presidency
  • the General Secretariat
  • President/Secretary General of the member unions  wich are not already represented among the Executive Presidency
  • the Treasurer

ALE Congress

The main decision-making body of ALE is the ALE Congress which is generally held every four years. The ALE Congress elects the Executive Officers of the Management Board and passes resolutions on main political aims for the period until the next ALE Congress.

Headquarters and language

ALE is located at the offices of whichever individual union currently provides its President. The Central Office is now located in Madrid (Spain). The chosen language for internal and external communications is English.


All autonomous and democratically organised European trade unions and professional organisations, whose task is to represent individual or specific professions of railway cabin staff, are eligible to become members of ALE.

Collective Agreements

As an umbrella Organisation, ALE has no negotiation rights on salaries and wages. Individual ALE members, on the other hand, do have such rights at national levels.