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.

Worker reps would be part of Labour nationalisation move

Labour will start re-nationalising water and energy companies within 100 days of taking office, shadow chancellor John McDonnell will announce...

Fast-fashion retailer Boohoo rejects union discussions

17 May 2019

Online fashion retailer Boohoo has refused to allow trade union representatives to discuss recognition for employees, The Guardian has reported....

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Businesses are resisting worker representation on boards

3 May 2019

Prime minister Theresa May’s aspiration for employers to have more workers in boardrooms appear to have been thwarted by organisations...

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Labour plans compulsory employee share ownership

24 Sep 2018

A future Labour government would require all companies with 250 or more employees to give shares to their workers worth...

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Theresa May backs off plans for workers on boards

21 Nov 2016

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

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How worker representatives on boards might affect employers

13 Jul 2016

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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Theresa May outside the Houses of Parliament after it is announced she will be prime minister. Photo: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock

Theresa May promises worker representatives on boards

11 Jul 2016

The UK’s next prime minister Theresa May has vowed to put worker representatives on boards of major companies and to...

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Employment law in France: five fascinating features

8 Jul 2016

What are the key things international employers need to know about employment law in France? Laura Merrylees looks at five...

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Employment law in Mexico: six striking facts

18 Jan 2016

Do blue-collar and white-collar workers have to be paid at different intervals? Is it mandatory to pay Mexican employees a...

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Eight important facts about employment law in Austria

16 Sep 2015

Austria offers its citizens some of the most generous holiday entitlements in the world, with some staff entitled to as...

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BA strike looms

4 Sep 2009

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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Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance: What the changes mean for HR

10 Mar 2009

Acas’s new workplace problem-solving process, a less prescriptive approach to dealing with grievance and disciplinary cases, comes into force on...

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How I made a difference: Industrial relations

10 Mar 2009

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

19 Jan 2009

Unions are making calls for the government to push pension scheme fund managers to be more responsible with investment.A statement...

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