European Works Councils and Industrial Relations: A by Jeremy Waddington

By Jeremy Waddington

The production of ecu Works Councils is arguably an important degree taken in worldwide commercial relatives lately. followed with the first target of facilitating European-level staff’ participation in information-sharing and session in multinational businesses, EWCs have additionally been relevant to a wide-ranging technique of institution-building on the ecu point. eu Works Councils charts the expansion within the variety of EWCs and the advance of practices linked to EWCs among 1994, while laws on EWCs used to be followed, and 2009, whilst the preliminary laws used to be amended. Drawing on unique, large-scale, survey info, the booklet indicates that the standard of data and session is usually bad, hence bringing into query the smooth contact legislative method of worker participation of the eu fee.

The reforms applied inside alternate union organisations to house the advance of EWCs are explored, including the projects taken to increase the function of EWCs past details and session to include negotiation. Articulation among EWCs and exchange union corporations is proven to be critical to EWCs as associations of knowledge and session, and as a way to steer managerial decision-making. equally, the advance of EWCs is proven to be a approach contested through employers’ enterprises and executives at the one hand and labour agencies at the different. the nature of this contestation guarantees that the class ‘EWC’ encompasses a wide variety of institutional varieties and practices.

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In addition, the efficacy of the information and consultation arrangements included in the Directive as a means to influence managerial decision making during company restructuring is assessed. The infrastructure that supports EWC activities is the subject of Chapter 5. Communications are at the core of systems intended to generate networking and information exchange among EWC representatives and between EWCs and other representative institutions of industrial relations. Similarly, articulation between EWCs and other levels of representation, such as trade unions or works councils at national, regional or local levels within companies, is considered central to realising Setting the Scene 27 the objectives of the Directive.

The process of development of EWCs is thus, in part, dependent on the establishment of a European identity that transcends the national origins of the representatives (Knudsen et al. 2007). Given that the identity of representatives is influenced by a broad range of factors, including those arising from their immediate social milieu, there is no certainty that a European identity will emerge or, once established, can be sustained. The threat of a plant closure by management of an MNC, for example, may lead representatives from the country within which the plant is located to defend national interests perceived in terms of the protection of jobs, rather than sustain a pan-European perspective.

The presence or absence of trade union officials, for example, is likely to depend on the rate of unionisation within the country, sector or company. Although rudimentary at the time, a learning effect was also demonstrated for Article 6 agreements compared to Article 13 agreements, the former of which were more likely to include provisions for follow-up meetings and the training of EWC representatives (Gilman and Marginson 2002). Chapter 3 examines further features of the learning effect on the content of EWC founding agreements in the light of data covering a longer period of time.

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