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European-level Representation

Estonian members of European bodies linked with European Works Councils and the European Company are normally elected by the general meeting of employees. The arrangements are slightly different when there are several Estonian companies involved.

European Works Councils

If there is only one company in Estonia, Estonian members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for an EWC are elected at the general meeting of employees, with the meeting itself setting the rules for election. If there are several Estonian companies involved, the employee representatives – who can be both trade union representatives and elected employee representatives – come together with three representatives from each company elected by the general meeting. They then choose the members of the SNB, with the votes from the representatives of the different companies proportionate to the number of people employed. The legislation does not state whether or not SNB members must be employees.

The same procedure applies for Estonian members of an EWC set up under the fallback procedures in the annex to the directive.

European Company

If there is only one company in Estonia, Estonian members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for a European Company are elected at the general meeting of employees, with the meeting itself setting the rules for election. If there are several Estonian companies involved, if possible all companies should be represented, but if this is not possible, the company with the largest number of employees is first to be taken into account. The legislation does not state whether or not SNB members must be employees.

 

The same procedure applies both for Estonian members of the SE representative body set up under the fallback procedures in the annex to the directive, and for Estonian representatives at board level, if they are being chosen under the fallback procedures.

Further information on the national SE legislation can be found here.

L. Fulton (2015) Worker representation in Europe. Labour Research Department and ETUI. Produced with the assistance of the SEEurope Network, online publication available at http://www.worker-participation.eu/National-Industrial-Relations.