Looking forward – watch this space

Proposal for a council directive establishing a general framework for
informing and consulting employees in the European Community

l This proposed directive will apply to all "public or private undertakings
carrying out an economic activity, whether or not operating for gain, which are
located within the territory of the member states of the European Community and
have at least 50 employees".

l This draft National Information and Consultation Directive is currently
blocked by Denmark, Germany, Ireland and the UK. As a result of the recent
redundancies at Marks & Spencer in France, the French government is pushing
for it to go ahead. dat/1998/en_598PC0612.html

Employee Consultation Rights Bill – private member’s bill introduced to the
House of Commons on 17 January 2001 by Kelvin Hopkins, Labour, Luton North

l This private member’s bill seeks to implement the above proposed
directive. If enacted it will require employers with more than 50 employers in
an "undertaking" to consult with workforce representatives on any
major issues,(including proposed redundancies), which will directly affect
employees. This bill will now almost certainly fail because of the election,
but the issue may resurface in the next parliament.

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