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.
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.