Friends in high places. Relations between European works councils and board-level employee representatives

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Series Details 2022.02, Number 2
Publication Date February 2022
ISSN 2031-8782
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European Works Councils (EWC) face many limitations in terms of timing and quality of information and consultation. One way of addressing this is through communication with board-level employee representatives. The mere presence of a board-level employee representative is not related to better EWC functioning, but EWC members that communicate with such representatives report more effective EWC functioning.

Improving EWC functioning through enhanced cooperation with board-level employee representatives would require (i) strong board-level employee representation (BLER) legislation at national and European Union (EU) level; (ii) specialised training and resources to build communication networks, with the commitment of trade unions; and (iii) provisions securing stable articulation in EWC agreements.

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