Dieter Schulte (born 13 January 1940) is a German trade union leader. He was chairman of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) from 1994 to 2002.
Born in Duisburg, Schulte worked as a bricklayer, then for Thyssen Stahl AG. In 1957, he joined the Building and Construction Union, then in 1958 transferred to IG Metall. From 1970, he held a variety of union posts, eventually in 1991 becoming the union's director. He left in 1994 to become president of the DGB, serving until his retirement in 2002.