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European-level Representation

The mechanisms for choosing representatives from Finland for European level bodies – both European Works Councils and the European Company – are not set out in detail by the legislation. Representatives are to be chosen by employees, usually by the union representatives in the workplace, in line with local practice and without a specific election. The fallback provisions only come into effect if no agreement on the method of selection can be reached.

 

European Works Councils

 

Finnish members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for the EWC are chosen by the employees, with the health and safety delegates representing the largest groups of workers organising the procedure, if it cannot be agreed in some other way. In practice they are usually chosen by the local union representatives at the workplace in line with local practice. There is not normally a specific election. The legislation does not specifically exclude external union representatives from being members, but it also does not specifically include them.

 

The situation is the same where an EWC is set up under the fallback procedure in the annex to the directive, although in this case only employees may be members.

 

European Company

 

Finnish members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for the European Company are chosen by the employees, with the health and safety delegates representing the largest groups of workers organising the procedure, if it cannot be agreed in some other way. In practice they are usually chosen by the local union representatives at the workplace in line with local practice. There is not normally a specific election. The legislation does not specifically exclude external union representatives, but nor does it include them.

 

The situation is the same for choosing the Finnish members of a representative body set up under the fallback provisions of the directive, and for choosing employee representatives at board level in a European Company. However, in the case of the representative body, only employees may be members. In the case of employee representatives at board level, the legislation neither specifically includes nor excludes external union representatives.

 

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

L. Fulton (2013) 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.