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Elcoteq SNB negotiations - Experiences and procedures

Finnish-owned Elcoteq opened a new chapter of high company mobility and flexibility in Europe by taking advantage of the SE legislation. But its employees are dependent on cross-border information and consultation only somewhat above the standard provisions. No board-level representation has been introduced by negotiating workers’ involvement in Elcoteq SE.

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Slovenia implemented the SE Directive in June 2006.

Converting MAN B&W Diesel AG into MAN Diesel SE – negotiations and the agreement on employee involvement

MAN affiliate MAN Diesel SE, founded in August 2006, made history as the first SE. As a result of this, German codetermination was spread to other EU member states: on the SE supervisory board the German workforce representatives now share the 50 per cent of the seats formerly reserved for them in accordance with German codetermination law with their colleagues from Denmark. No less important, the SE works council is now much more European than the previous European Works Council. This Europeanisation of interest representation to the highest achievable extent is well in line with the objectives of the European Metal Workers Federation (EMF).

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Research on the SE topic in Slovenia

A list of research articles published in Slovenia.

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Contact is a service of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). For more information on the website click here .

Transposition of the SE legislation in Belgium (Report: March 2004)

1. Transposition will be done by collective agreement.

2. A Working Group has been established at the level of the National Labour Council. Composition: representatives from the national employers’ organisation, VBO-FEB, and the trade unions (ACV-CSC, ABVV-FGTB,…)

3. The Working Group started in November 2003. There have been five meetings so far.

4. The ‘opt-out’ principle will not be used in Belgium.

5. In the Working Group’s activities frequent reference is made to the work done by the European group of experts.

6. So far, the focus has been on the following articles of the SE Directive:
– art 2: definitions;
– art 3: creation of the SNB.

7. No agreement has yet been reached on:
– the possibility of trade union officials serving as employee representatives;
– adjustment of SNB composition if SE structure changes in the course of SNB negotiations;
– number of experts.

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Transposition of the SE legislation in the Slovak Republic (Final Report: November 2004)

On 9 September 2004 the Slovak Parliament adopted Act No. 5621/2004 Coll. of Laws on the European Company, which came into force on 1 November 2004. This deals with transposition of Council Regulation (EC) No. 2157/2001 of 8 October 2001 on the Statute for a European Company and provisions of Council Directive 2001/86/EC supplementing the Statute for a European Company with regard to employee involvement. Naturally, given the brief time since promulgation of the law, so far no SE has been established in the Slovak Republic. Furthermore, expert opinion holds that there will be little interest in the foreseeable future.

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Case Study Report on Plansee SE

The aim and purpose of this study is to track the process of transformation of Plansee AG into an SE and the views of the different parties involved, namely the management and works council of the company, the relevant trade unions and the Vienna Chamber of Labour. Besides giving a timeline and describing the process of transformation from different viewpoints, the study presents an analysis of results. However, evaluation of actual working practice is limited to the period of 5 months since the transformation took place.

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