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In this section we would like to keep you up to date with latest news regarding our EWC, SE Works Council and SNB training. 

Work programme 2017-2018

Below you will find an overview of all “open courses” for EWC/SE WC members for this activity year. Block the dates now if you are interested in any of these seminars. As soon as registration is possible, a link will be available to the official invitation and registration details.

Current courses

  • 15-17.11.2017 Bologna, Italy “non-financial information: directive 2014/95 and its impact on industrial relations” Relevance and practical use of the EU directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups for EWC/SE WC members and union officers in cooperation with CGIL. Course languages: English-Italian. Registration has now started! Places are limited, so send us your details as soon as possible and latest by 10 October. read more
  • 20-22.09.2017 Kagel-Möllenhorst (Berlin region), Germany “Basics of financial data” Introduction to financial terminology, understanding a balance sheet and annual accounts for EWC/SE WC members. Course languages: German-French-English. Registration is closed. We are planning to repeat this course on the work programme for 2018-2019.. If you are interested, let us know, so we can put you on a waiting list and offer you priority for registration next year. read more 

Planned courses

  • 21-22.11.2017 Brussels, Belgium “current issues for board-level employee representatives” Annual workshop for worker representatives on supervisory and administrative boards of multinational companies. read more
  • The online course “EWC – rules of the game” covers all basic legal aspects of EWC activities and gives insights & inspiration about EWC work in practice. The first edition of the course ran from 26 June to 24 July 2017, with no less than 80 participants! A second edition is being prepared and should start in November 2017. Keep an eye on this site for more information!
  • 23-25.01.2018 Budapest, Hungary “European Works Councils as an instrument for organising and building trade union power” A workshop for EWC coordinators in cooperation with industriAll, on how EWCs can be used to define a strategy and action plan on how to organise ‘unorganised’ plants of certain multinational companies in Eastern Europe. read more

Coming soon

  • A new manual for European workers representatives on “How to anticipate and manage change”.

Recent courses

  • In cooperation with UNI Europa a course for EWC coordinators was organised in Bilbao from 3 to 4 May 2017, putting them “At the heart of transnational trade union strategies in multinational companies”. It was a very interactive and intense exchange with a mix of 14 trade union officers and company representatives from 10 different countries. The debates focused on the UNI guidelines and practical experiences with coordinating between the EWC and global union alliances. In particular, a joint strategy between these two bodies on restructuring and the option of negotiating framework agreements were developed in more detail. Highlight of the training was an introduction to the activities of the ‘Central European Organising Centre - COZZ’. This organisation was set up by UNI and has its office in Warsaw. Its goal is to help local unions in Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary with campaigning, networking and recruiting members. The course ended with the development of concrete action plans with a view to establish and activate more union alliances. As some of the participants stated, this left them “packed with new ideas” and “ feeling energised and with very useful tools”.
  • From 1 to 3 March 2017, a seminar for European Works Council members was organised on Occupational Health & Safety as a topic for transnational action. 23 representatives from 16 different companies and 9 different nationalities came together in Bilbao to learn more about the European framework directive, how to perform a risk assessment and exchange ideas about an action plan for the EWC. Richard Jeantet, consultant from Secafi, and Viktor Kempa, senior researcher from the ETUI, provided the highly appreciated expert assistance. The seminar also included a visit to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (OSHA), which before was unknown to many participants. They considered it a real discovery and great source of information which could definitely help them a lot in future discussions on health & safety matters. Although some would have wanted to go even deeper into the topic, the overall appreciation was very high. A seminar which is definitely worth repeating.

2016

  • York was the location for this year’s “English language and communication course for EWCs”. 13 worker representatives from 6 different countries participated in this intense language training, which took place from 17 to 21 October 2016.  
  • How to achieve better coordination and communication for European Works Councils in the Commerce sector was the subject of an ETUI seminar taking place in Florence, Italy, from 2 to 4 May 2016. 18 employee representatives and trade union coordinators participated in the event. Major companies from the sector, such as Metro, Fnac, Delhaize, Carrefour, Ikea, Inditex, Auchan and H&M were represented. Special attention was given to the UNI Europa Commerce Guidelines on EWCs. One of the final results of the seminar was a detailed overview of tasks and responsibilities for the EWCs, the trade union alliances, the European and Global Union Federation and the local unions to strengthen the network between these different actors.
  • A seminar on "the practice of EWCs" for recently appointed or elected SNB, EWC or SE WC members took place in Warsaw, Poland, from 7 to 9 September 2016. This was the seventh session covering the basics of EWC activities in a series that started three years ago. Once again, the interest was overwhelming, with more than 50 registrations. 29 representatives from Poland, Romania, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Italy discussed the legal framework and exchanged their experiences and good practices. The communication strategy and internal structure of the Fortum EWC was presented as an inspiring example. Guillaume Durivaux, policy officer of EPSU, presented the policies and guidelines with regard to EWCs from the perspective of the European Trade Union Federations, while dr. Robert Szewczyk from the international department of Solidarność underlined the importance of European cooperation as seen by the local union federations.
  • 17 local trade union officers participated in a seminar on “Trade union coordination of EWCs and SE Works Councils” in Bratislava, Slovakia from 3 to 5 October 2016. The programme included a critical view on the legal framework, including a better understanding of the differences between the EWC and the SE regulation, a debate about the guidelines from the European Trade Union Federations on the purpose and practical approach of trade union coordination of EWCs, an assessment of the problems that such coordinators may face in their role and a look at the potential of EWCs as a tool for trade union action. A highlight of the training was a panel debate with Aline Conchon, policy officer of industriAll, Annick Aerts of the Belgian union LBC/NVK and experienced EWC coordinator, and Anders Carlson, chairman of the Bombardier EWC. The debate was animated by Miroslav Hajnoš, international officer of the Slovak union confederation KOZ SR, who asked the panellists what their vision was on the major challenges for EWCs, the responsibility of both business and unions to ensure a proper information and consultation and possible future evolutions. He also explained how the unions in Slovakia strive for a stronger representation within multinational companies. The seminar concluded with a matrix overview of the different communication lines which need to be maintained in order to ensure an efficient and effective union coordination.

this page was last updated on 15 September 2017