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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Undoubtedly, the European works council represents the jewel in the crown of European social policy.
A particularly significant development in Europe has been the introduction by the European Union of its European Works Councils Directives (EU Directives), issued in 1994 and 1997, mandating the establishment of a European Works Council (EWC) in larger, multinational, enterprises.
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.
Senior management representatives of Airbus will meet with the European Works Council on March 7 to explain previously announced rate reductions on the A380 and A400M programs and to discuss associated implications for the workforce.
sncf is looking for a company capable of supporting it in organizing the meetings of the european works council.
We were made aware of this fait accompli two days ago which is neither within the spirit nor the letter of longstanding Information and Consultation or European Works Council agreements.
This has been a clear warning that the employees of EADS will not accept decisions made to their disadvantage and over their heads," said Ruediger Luetjen, head of the company's European works council and an IG Metall union representative.
The text removes exclusions in Directives 2008/94/EC on employer insolvency and 2009/38/EC on European works council.
Mark's support formed the basis for Aesica's European Works Council which is essential for taking the German and Italian plants forward.
At Indesit, the company's European Works Council gathered at its headquarters in Peterborough yesterday to discuss "market conditions," but officials said discussions were "confidential.

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