Don't miss this unique opportunity for all EWC stakeholders!


The EWC Roundtable

Brussels 25 October 2018

Venue: Tangla hotel Brussels


Don't miss this unique opportunity for all EWC stakeholders!

3 reasons why you should attend:

  1. The EU Commission wants to publish a EWC Handbook with best practices to boost social dialogue within large transnational companies.
  2. It is important that this handbook be “neutral”, not biased either towards trade union or employer federations
  3. The EWC Roundtable is the chance for all EWC practitioners to provide input to the EU Commission and to steer the future of European Works Councils.

Through European Works Councils, management informs and consults workers on the progress of the business and any significant decisions at European level that could affect their employment or working conditions.

The European Commission has published an evaluation of the European Works Council Directive (recast Directive 2009/38/EC), adopted in 2009, confirming its added value for workers and companies.

According to the report, information for workers improved in terms of quality and scope.

The Commission also finds that the effectiveness of the consultation procedure can still be improved.

In light of the positive evaluation of European Works Councils, Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, commented:

"We should build on good practices among companies already using European Works Councils and on the knowledge of EU social partners to stimulate more take-up of this important instrument and to make existing ones even more effective. And the Commission will put its money where its mouth is: we will dedicate a €7 million grant programme in 2019 to support the implementation of the handbook and step up our support to social dialogue in the EU."

Since the European Trade Unions have “demanded” legislative changes to the Directive, the European Commission wants to scan the field for “best practices” so as to come up with a EWC Handbook.

This “Practical handbook for EWC practitioners” has the following objectives:

  • increase the take-up of EWCs, particularly in sectors that have so far set up few of those bodies
  • further improve EWC effectiveness, raising the quality of decision making, implementation and social standards
  • spread good practice by codifying and sharing concrete examples of approaches that have worked well.

The handbook should contain the following chapters:

  • What are EWCs?
  • Which are eligible companies?
  • How to open EWC negotiation and set up EWCs?
  • How do EWCs operate?
  • Company changes impacting EWCs
  • Enforcement and remedies
  • Brexit

During the EWC Roundtable, you can influence whether other elements need to be included in the EWC handbook.

Questions? Get in touch: contact@presencegroup.eu

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