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European-level Representation

Italian representatives on European level bodies are generally chosen by the unions and the local union body at the workplace, the RSU, although the rules vary slightly depending on the body on which the representatives sit.

 

European Works Councils

 

Italian members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for the EWC are appointed by the unions which signed the industry agreement covering the company and the union representative body in the company - the RSU – where this exists. If there is no RSU, the union and management must agree an appropriate procedure to choose SNB members.

 

The situation is the same for Italian members of an EWC set up under the annex to the directive.

 

European Company

 

Italian members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for the European company are elected or appointed from the union representative body in the company, the RSU, by the RSU together with the unions which signed the industry agreement covering the company. The legislation specifically says that both employees and non-employees of the company (by implication full-time officials) may be chosen.

 

Italian members of the SE representative body set up under the fallback procedure in the annex to the directive are to be elected in the same way as RSU members themselves.

 

In the fallback procedure for choosing board level representatives, it is the SE representative body which decides how they should be selected, although the Italian legislation also states that each member state may determine the way in which board seats assigned to that state should be divided up.

 

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.