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European-level Representation

With no universal statutory structure of employee representation, Irish members on European bodies are normally elected by the workforce as a whole in a special ballot. However, the situation is different for some of the structures of the European Company.

European Works Councils

Irish members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for an EWC are either elected by the employees; or appointed by the employees; appointed by central management on a basis agreed with the employees. Both employees and full-time trade union officials can be chosen.

The situation is the same for Irish members for an EWC established under the fallback procedure, as set out in the annex to the directive. However here they must be company employees.

European Company

Irish members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for the European company are elected by the employees and both employees and full-time trade union officials can stand as candidates.

It is the SNB that decides the method for appointing or electing members of the SE representative body, set up under the terms of the annex to the directive.

Irish employee representatives at board level, under the fallback rules, are chosen by the Irish members of the SE representative body from among themselves.

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.