Company Restructuring Across Borders: With or Without European Works Councils?

7 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2017

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Stan De Spiegelaere

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Date Written: February 14, 2017

Abstract

This policy brief takes as its starting point the fact that as soon as a company engages in European-level transnational restructuring, transnational information and consultation is needed to enable the social partners to consider the cross-border dynamic of the planned measures.

This policy brief addresses the following questions:

How widespread is transnational restructuring in Europe?

What is the role of EWCs in restructuring processes?

How extensive is the transnational information and consultation coverage in companies involved in transnational restructuring?

The authors present several policy recommendations including the need to make EWCs obligatory in companies of a certain size and provide them with better material, legal resources and access to expert advice.

Keywords: European works council; enterprise restructuring; disclosure of information; joint consultation; workers participation; EU countries

Suggested Citation

De Spiegelaere, Stan, Company Restructuring Across Borders: With or Without European Works Councils? (February 14, 2017). ETUI Research Paper - Policy Brief 1/2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2916618 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2916618

Stan De Spiegelaere (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

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