The Right and Duty of European Works Councils to Report Back to the Workforce: Broad Uptake, Little Specificity

5 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2016

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Stan De Spiegelaere

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Romuald Jagodzinski

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Date Written: February 24, 2016

Abstract

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.

Keywords: European works council; workers representation; joint consultation; workers information; EU Directive; EU countries

Suggested Citation

De Spiegelaere, Stan and Jagodzinski, Romuald, The Right and Duty of European Works Councils to Report Back to the Workforce: Broad Uptake, Little Specificity (February 24, 2016). ETUI Research Paper - Policy Brief 2/2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2737328 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2737328

Stan De Spiegelaere (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

Romuald Jagodzinski

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

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