5 Reasons to come to the EWC Bootcamp

Save the date: 14 December 2017.

Meeting Venue: Holiday Inn Airport hotel

European Works Councils have been around for a while. And companies are still engaging in the delicate balancing act between the legal obligation to set up an EWC and the question which role the forum really could play within an organisation.

And the debate is still on: are European Works Councils just a nuisance that companies are made to put up with or are they a new opportunity?

For a very long time many organisations were unsure as to whether and how the EWC would change their organisation. The Presence Academy has created the EWC Bootcamp for people involved in running European Works Councils, who want to learn how the forum can be an opportunity for all stakeholders.

This 1-day hands-on event puts your EWC on the EWC Roadmap, a tool based on our experience of working with hundreds of EWCs for over 20 years.

Built on the feedback from managers, employees, EWC experts, trade unions, … the EWC Roadmap aims to make your European Works Council UNIQUE, bringing value to your company.

During our next EWC Bootcamp, we will use the Whirlpool EWC as a practical example to see what the EWC Roadmap can mean for EWCs. This will enable you to apply the learnings immediately and create value for and with your European Works Council.

Some lessons from the EWC Roadmap you will walk away with:



Level 1 is the starting point of any European Works Council, i.e the “legal requirements and do’s and don’ts”. An effective EWC spends a lot of time making sure that every EWC member knows the content of the EWC Directive, their own EWC agreement, his or her role as a EWC member, etc…

A level 1 EWC is a reactive.

Reason1: Why you should not miss the EWC Bootcamp

During the EWC Bootcamp, we will provide you with the latest legal updates on the upcoming review of Directive 2009/38/EC by the European Commission, on how to renegotiate existing EWC agreements and on the implications of the Brexit for your EWC.


Level 2 is the one that most EWCs tend to forget: objectives and tasks are defined at this point. Where does the EWC want to be in 3 years, in 2 years, next year, by the next EWC meeting? What is needed in order to achieve this?

Short, middle and long term objectives are defined with the whole group and linked to workable actions and tasks for all EWC members.

Tasks are not handed out at random, though. We take into account the “local realities” of EWC members so that tasks are attributed the right person. E.g.: a German EWC member has a lot more provisions at the local level, enabling him to play his role more formally than an EWC member of the Czech republic. However, the latter might work in a small unit and have a morning coffee with the CEO every day! Needless to say, you don’t entrust both of them with the same task, but each of them can make a valuable contribution to overall group functioning.

A level 2 EWC is proactive.

Reason 2: Why you should not miss the EWC Bootcamp

During the EWC Bootcamp, we will build your EWC action plan with objectives and targets adapted to your EWC members. After the session, you will be equipped to finalise it and to start applying it to your European Works Council!


Level 3 defines the EWC communications plan. In the past, every European Works Council tried to communicate, but the problem was that, without having carefully defined the objectives and tasks in level 2, this was a rather pointless exercise. In order for communications to work, they need to be about something and lead somewhere. In the plan, EWCs need to define: targets, frequency, formats and tools for communications.

A level 3 EWC is communicative.

Reason 3: Why you should not miss the EWC Bootcamp

During the EWC Bootcamp, you will learn how you can improve communications with your European Works Council, not only when it is “business as usual”, but especially in times of conflict and tension.

You will also discover how you can apply new communications technologies to your EWC and save MONEY – TIME and EFFORT. 


Level 4 can only bring real value when the EWC has done its homework in levels 1 to 3. The EWC is now ready to play a strategic role within the organisation. Again, there is no “one-size-fits-all”. What makes the EWC relevant for your organisation, will be UNIQUE and only work for you.

It goes without saying that the EWC is a joint body, so the EWC Roadmap needs to be owned by both groups.

Is that it? With all levels of your EWC Roadmap defined: are you ready to start? Yes, you are! But one little detail is missing…

Your EWC needs to leave a legacy: you need to make sure that you build sustainable value. Too many EWCs have had to start all over again when new members were elected and when management teams changed! So, we define your way to make sure that the next generation of EWC members will continue to benefit from everything that has been achieved.

A level 4 EWC is relevant.

Reason 4: Why you should not miss the EWC Bootcamp

European Works Councils can provide you with invaluable information about your company as EWC members can address senior management directly without any layers in-between.

Moreover, European Works Councils can be valuable ambassadors for your company and endorse corporate projects such as CSR, H&S, employer branding etc…


In one sentence:

Why you should not miss the EWC Bootcamp

During the EWC Bootcamp, you will discover all you need to know about EWCs and we will get you on your way with building YOUR EWC Roadmap.

Book your seat now: www.presencegroup.eu/ewc/events/ewc-bootcamp/

Get in touch: contact@presencegroup.eu


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