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10th June 2013

Eurocadres sounds out European Works Councils

Syndex conducted a survey for Eurocadres about the participation of professional and managerial staff in European Works Councils.


The EWC Directive encourages negotiators to take the breakdown of the company by category, activity and gender into account for worker representation in EWCs. It was therefore logical that Eurocadres, which represents the worker category known as "Professionals and Managers" by the ETUC conduct a study on the participation in European Works councils.


"Facilitating more professional and managerial staff competencies in EWCs" , is the title of the survey conducted by Syndex in 2012. A survey was conducted with EWCs from over 15 European countries from all sectors, ranging from industry to services. The findings were presented at a seminar organised by Eurocadres on 29 January 2013 at a meeting attended by 25 trade union representatives.


Consistent observations about EWC functioning

The main findings show that PMS are interested in participation in EWCs and are committed to information and consultation of EWCs on strategic issues.

Professionals and managers, as they are known in Europe, therefore fully participate in the life of EWCs and are not a separate group within these bodies. The survey came to the same conclusions about the functioning of EWCs:

• There is a lack of timely information translated into the languages of representatives and it is often not disclosed in due time;

• Consultation is often non-existent.


Calls for information

And yet, the new directive gives some leeway for improving the agreements and the functioning of EWCs. Concerning their participation in EWCs, PMS stand out by being much more demanding about the information provided about the company's strategy, and economic and financial information.

Concerning employment issues, they have a vision that combines the collective and individual perspective.



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