Publications

Author(s):
Syndex Europe & International: Fabrice Warneck, Head of Syndex Brussels Office
Publication date:
31/10/2016
This toolkit is the result of a joint project, financed by the EU Institutions, of Syndex and the European Trade Union Federations UNI Europa, industriAll, EPSU and ETF. The purpose is to make workers’ representatives better equipped to stand up for their rights and influence management decisions towards achieving social progress. It contains legal and practical references on setting up an EWC, the notion of transnationality, the scope of confidentiality, timing of events and more, as well as an overview of information & consultation and participation rights in the EU and some practical exercises to improve the internal functioning of the EWC. The toolkit is available in French, English, German and Spanish.
Author(s):
Jeremy Waddington (ETUI and University of Manchester), Valeria Pulignano and Jeffrey Turk (University of Leuven), Thomas Swerts (University of Antwerp)
Publication date:
2016
This working paper looks at the views of managers responsible for European Works Councils (EWCs) within multinational companies on the operation of the institution. It also examines the policies of Business Europe on EWCs vis-à-vis the views of these managers.
Author(s):
Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI)
Publication date:
26 September 2016
In 2009, Europe launched a Recast Directive on European Works Councils (EWCs) aiming to improve the effectiveness of EWCs and increase the amount of EWCs. In 2016, this Recast Directive will be evaluated by the European Commission. This report feeds into this, building on data of EWC agreements from the EWC Database managed by the ETUI.
Author(s):
Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI), Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI)
Publication date:
25 February 2016
This policy brief examines if and how the reformulated obligation in the Recast European Works Council Directive to report back found its way into EWC agreements by looking at survey data, results of large-scale agreement analysis and by providing examples of clauses in which this obligation is reflected. Although most EWC representatives state that they do report back to the employees, and most EWC agreements have specific rules referring to this duty, the clauses are generally vague as they do not specify who, when, and how the employee representatives should perform their duties. This policy brief provides policy makers and researchers with an insight into how a changed regulation (EWC Recast Directive) affected the EWC agreements. Additionally, it gives tools to practitioners on the field by providing good and bad examples of agreement clauses.
Author(s):
Filip Dorssemont, Peter Kerckhofs
Publication date:
July 2015
This report examines the differences in alignment, timing and content of workplace information and consultation processes at national and European level. It compares the legal situation at national and European level in six EU Member States: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK. It finds that the provisions of the EU directive governing the operation of European Works Councils are ambiguous about the order in which information and consultation processes should happen at each level. It also highlights the fact that EU Member States have interpreted the directive in different ways when transposing it into national law. The report concludes with a number of pragmatic guidelines as to how this issue might be resolved.
Author(s):
Valeria Pulignano (KU Leuven)
Publication date:
January 2015
This Policy Brief argues the need to extend the entitlement of employee participation bodies at the European level to cover corporate strategies of transnational flexibility.
Author(s):
Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI) and Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI)
Publication date:
September 2015
In 2016 it will be 20 years since the first European Works Councils (EWC) directive came into force in the EU. In the same year, the European Commission is planning an evaluation of the EWC recast directive that will undoubtedly lead to debate on the need for further review of European regulation of EWCs. The year 2015 also marks the fifteenth anniversary of adoption of the EU directive on workers’ involvement in the European Company (SE).
Author(s):
Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI)
Publication date:
October 2015
This book assesses in detail the ways in which key improvements brought about by the 2009 EWC Recast Directive have been implemented in national legislation. The authors of the book have looked into the national transposition legislation of the 31 countries of the European Economic Area. The findings are very relevant for EU policy-making and for practitioners to deal with differing national legislative regimes.
Author(s):
Aline Conchon (ETUI), Jeremy Waddington (ETUI)
Publication date:
October 2015
Board Level Employee Representation in Europe analyses the role, activities and networking of board level employee representatives in sixteen European countries and their counterparts operating in companies that have adopted European status. Board level employee representation is viewed as a key element of worker participation in Europe, but there has been only limited international comparative research that establishes what board level employee representatives do and how their activities vary between countries.
Author(s):
Jan Cremers (University of Amsterdam), Michael Stollt (ETUI) and Sigurt Vitols (ETUI)
Publication date:
March 2013
This publication of the SEEurope Network provides a comprehensive overview of the legislation on the European company (SE – Societas Europaea) and its history and development. It assesses the overall significance and impact of the SE on the business sector and on worker involvement
Author(s):
Bruno Demaître (ETUI), Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI)
Publication date:
March 2012
The booklet was developed by the European Workers’ Participation Competence Centre (EWPCC). It is the first of a series of practical and helpfully illustrated manuals for workers’ representatives in transnational information and consultation bodies. The first manual offers some practical tips on how to make meetings European bodies (auch as EWC or SE works councils) more useful, more efficient and more successful. The manual is currently available in eight languages
Author(s):
Bruno Demaître (ETUI), Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI), Sjef Stoop (FNV Formaat)
Publication date:
May 2015
This second in a series of manuals for European Workers' Representatives explains in an easy-to-read format how European Works Council (EWC) members can organise and manage their communications network.
Author(s):
Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI)
Publication date:
September 2014
This policy brief shows the importance of proper implementation of sanctions for the overall efficiency and implementation of the goals of the EWC Recast Directive.
Author(s):
Torsten Müller (ETUI), Hans-Wolfgang Platzer (University of Fulda) and Stefan Rüb (University of Fulda)
Publication date:
July 2013
As a rule, the competences of European Works Councils (EWCs) are limited to information and consultation. Nonetheless, the number of European company-level framework agreements negotiated by EWCs and/or trade unions has increased steadily since the early 2000s. By the end of 2011, 119 such agreements had been concluded.
Author(s):
Michael Stollt, Elwin Wolters
Publication date:
October 2011
In October 2001, the EU formally adopted the legislation on the European Company, also known by its Latin name Societas Europaea (SE). This handbook aims to ensure that the new opportunities for employee representation at European level which these new SE rules provide, are seized.
Author(s):
Séverine Picard (ETUC Legal Advisor)
Publication date:
2010
This guide has been developed by the ETUC in order to help trade unionists and practitioners in the area of information and consultation around Europe to play an active role in this process and to make the most of the new provisions in the European Works Council Directive as amended by Directive 2009/38/EC. It is an article-by-article legal commentary, written in an accessible style so that it can be used by everybody with interest in European Works Councils and their functioning.
Author(s):
Filip Dorssemont (Professor of labour law at the Université Catholique de Louvain, UCL) and Thomas Blanke (Professor of law)
Publication date:
2010
The present volume, edited by Filip Dorssemont and Thomas Blanke, and published by Intersentia, incorporates results of an innovative research project of the ETUI dealing with EWC-related litigation on the EU and national levels. It is both retrospective and prospective.
Author(s):
Dr. Markus Hertwig (Ruhr University Bochum), Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries (Ruhr University Bochum) and Dr Luitpold Rampeltshammer (Saarland University)
Publication date:
2009
During the last 15 years, research on European Works Councils has revealed significant information concerning the structure, dynamics and ability of EWCs to represent employees’ interests. A multitude of factors and conditions influencing the work and results of EWC activity have been identified. Until now, however, there has been little systematic theorising about EWCs and their specific character as ‘interest organisations within profit organisations’ and the specific relationship or ‘organisational fit’ between each entity.
Author(s):
Sigurt Vitols (ETUI)
Publication date:
2009
The working paper analyses the impact of EWCs on four different groups: shareholders, creditors, managers and employees. It argues that EWCs provide a net benefit. There are no significant negative impacts on shareholders and creditors while there are clear positive benefits for employees and managers.