Works councils

A works council is a group of employees who band together to represent employees' interests in discussions between employers and their workforce.

The European Works Council (EWC) is a body established to inform and consult employees in at European Union level undertaking or group of undertakings.


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Theresa May backs off plans for workers on boards

Theresa May has backtracked on a pledge to include worker representatives on boards, announcing that this will not be a...

In Germany, works councils, as well as trade unions, have an involvement in forwarding workers’ interests.

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Theresa May, the UK’s incoming Prime Minister, this week vowed to put worker representatives on boards of major companies. What...

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Trade union bosses are warning of a crippling strike by British Airways cabin crew workers just weeks before Christmas, the...

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HR career training a low priority as business focus moves away from skills

24 Mar 2009

HR career development will take a back seat in the coming year as companies look to improve sales and customer...

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10 Mar 2009

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I joined Robert Gordon University 11 years ago, when it had a very poor industrial relations profile. Relationships with the...

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Unions call for greater pension fund manager responsibility

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The impact of the likely expansion of European works councils

12 Sep 2008

Employees could get more rights if European Works Councils become more widespread.

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European Works Councils restructuring to boost unions’ power

3 Jul 2008

Trade union power in Europe could be boosted by the European Commission’s plans for European Works Councils.The commission has unveiled...

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Works Council Directive revision talks fail to get under way

15 Apr 2008

Talks aimed at securing a revision of the Works Council Directive have collapsed before they even had a chance to...

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Employer unrest as Euro unions back rewrite of Works Council Directive

3 Apr 2008

Concerns were raised this morning after the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) announced its intention to secure a rapid rewriting...

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