About: European Works Councils (EWC)

Economy & Jobs 20-02-2018

Transnational company agreements – another form of social dialogue in Europe

Transnational company agreements, made within European multinationals have helped to Europeanise industrial relations. Although the European Commission views such agreements as an innovative tool for cooperation, it has yet to define a legal framework for them. EURACTIV.fr reports.

European Works Councils are vital to protect fundamental and democratic rights

European Works Councils protect fundamental and democratic rights, but too many employees are still not protected by them. If Europe is serious about becoming a truly social Europe, this has to change, writes Stan De Spiegelaere.

Time for European business to listen to its workers

Workplace democracy makes firms more productive, and therefore more likely to contribute to growth in Europe. The EU should make worker participation in company governance a priority, writes Peter Scherrer.

Let’s raise the bar for European Works Councils

EU rules on Works Councils need to push for higher standards and promote workers’ rights, not simply reflect the status quo, writes Stan De Spiegelaere.

European workers’ rights up in the air

Conservative MEPs and businesses are equally upset about the changes Socialist deputies introduced to the text on European Works Councils this week, saying it went far beyond what social partners had agreed upon this summer. Doubts have now arisen as to the likelihood of it being adopted by member states before the end of the year.

Works Council: Špidla raises pressure on unions

In a statement to the European Parliament on 8 May 2008, Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Vladimír Špidla said that Brussels will go ahead with the revision of the European Works Council (EWC) directive even if the European Trade Union Confederation continues to block social partners' negotiations on the matter. 

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