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Works Council

A chapter of a labor union representing the workers of a single company. The works council coordinates its activities with the larger union. In some countries, notably Germany, works councils have the authority to alter national labor agreements to fit the circumstances of their own company. In some countries, representatives of a works council sit on the board of directors of the corporation.

works council

see CONSULTATION, CO-DETERMINATION.
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Several workers who cast votes against the union said they still support the idea of a works council -- they just don't want to have to work through the UAW.
This new report " European Works Councils in the energy sector: 2012" written by Professor of Energy Policy Steve Thomas of the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), University of Greenwich, gives an overview of company developments in recent years.
JCCs differ from statutory works councils in that they are the products of unilateral management initiative or of union/management agreement, rather than statute, and therefore they vary considerably in terms of composition, jurisdiction, powers and organisational level of operation.
For EAPs to be successful in Germany, the support of management and works councils is essential.
The court held that many provisions in the code could be implemented without consent of the works council, but that the provisions related to anonymous telephone hotlines required the council's consent.
The head of GM Europe's works council, Klaus Franz, sharply criticised GM management and threatened conflict.
Therefore, when Deutsche Post decided to set up a surveillance program, management knew that it would have to work closely with works council representatives to gain their support, says Deutsche Post Vice President of Corporate Security Michael Schmidt.
European works councils are a place for monitoring and checking differences in health, safety and environmental standards across Europe.
On National Works Councils, companies should follow progress closely.
More than 100 big British companies have voluntarily agreed to establish works councils.
Legislation does not require trade union membership on smaller works councils, but approximately 80 percent of those elected are union members.