European works councils
Around 10 million workers across the EU have the right to information and consultation on company decisions at European level through their EWCs.
They give representatives of workers from all European countries in big multinational companies a direct line of communication to top management.
They also make sure that workers in different countries are all told the same thing at the same time about transnational policies and plans.
They give workers’ representatives in unions and national works councils the opportunity to consult with each other and to develop a common European response to employers’ transnational plans, which management must then consider before those plans are implemented.
European Works Council Directive
The European Work Council Directive establishes a European legal procedure for the establishment of European Works Councils (EWCs).
ETUI resources on European Works Councils and SE works councils
For comprehensive overviews of legislation, features, characteristics and recent publications on EWCs and SE works councils as well as on Societas Cooperative Europea (European Cooperative, SCE) and many more resources on European and national industrial relations visit the www.worker-participation.eu portal.
For EWC and SE works council training visit the newly created (December 2015) website www.ewctraining.eu by the ETUI Education Department.
For a list of literature in the field of EWCs we refer to the Highlights section European Works Councils in the Labourline website (web portal of the ETUI’s Documentation Centre).
European Trade Union Federations
(formerly known as European Industry Federations) – European level sectoral trade union organisations responsible, among others, for coordination and support for EWCs in the given sector and that have been providing input for the EWC database:
|Building & Woodwork||European Federation of Building and Woodworkers||http://www.efbww.org|
|Metal, chemical and textile||IndustriAll Europe (since 2012 regrouping former the European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF), the European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation (EMCEF) and the European Trade Union Federation for Textiles, Clothing and Leather (ETUF:TCL)||www.industriall-europe.eu|
|Public Services||European Federation of Public Service Unions||http://www.epsu.org|
|Transport||European Transport Workers’ Federation||http://www.itfglobal.org/ETF|
|Services (private)||Uni Europa||http://www.uni-europa.org|
|Food, Agriculture, Tourism||European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism sectors and allied branches||http://www.effat.org|
- AK-Wien page on EWCs (in German)
- DGB collection of documents on EWCs (in German)
- EMF Company policy page (including a link to the EMF EWC database – login and password needed)
- ETUC page on EWCs: campaigns, press releases, positions, fact sheets, resolutions, events, speeches
- Eurofound definition of European Works Councils
- European Commission database on transnational company agreements
- European Commission, DG Competition, Mergers
- ewc-networking – an EWC portal in German or Italian for the regions of Tirol, Südtirol and Trentino
- FNV Bondgenoten – Network site for EWC members (in Dutch)
- FNV Formaat EWC Service (EWC newsletter in English and Dutch)
- IG-BCE web page on EWCs (in German)
- Solidarnosc web page on European Works Councils (in Polish)
- Uni-Europa EWC and SE database
- Ver.di EWC information, legislation, links (in German)
- Hans Böckler Foundation (in German) general & EWC glossary
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