European Works Council


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European Works Council

a pan European council of employee representatives with transitional firms established to facilitate CONSULTATION between management and employees. Firms with at least 1000 employees in the member states of the EUROPEAN UNION and at least 150 employees in the two or more member states are required to establish a European Works Council.

The UK initially opted out of the Social Protocol provision of the MAASTRICHT TREATY and hence UK firms were only partially covered by the European Works Council Directive. However, the UK has now fully implemented the Directive so UK firms are fully covered. Currently, there are around 650 EWC agreements in companies operating in Europe.

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The European Works Council and the ComitE[umlaut] d'Entreprise France were notified by Oracle on last week that 250 positions would be eliminated in France, the union wrote on its blog.
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Employee representation in Europe: the European Works Council model
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Trade unionists declared that they intend to take the firm to court for not respecting the European Works Council Directive (94/45/EC), which requires employers to inform their employees of the consequences of restructuring 'in good time'.
In order to rekindle interest in the issue, Kester and Pinaud have assembled essays on developments in the European Community (there is a short but very useful paper by Janine Goetschy on the development of the European Works Council Directive), Scandinavia, and six individual countries: France, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Malta, and Sweden.
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