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Collective Bargaining

The vast majority of employees in the Netherlands are covered by collective bargaining, mostly at industry level. However, many large companies negotiate their own deals. Negotiators generally follow the recommendations agreed at national level and recent pay increases have been moderate.

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Information and Consultation Directives (national level)

  • Framework on Information and Consultation
    Council Directive 2002/14/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 11 March 2002 establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the European Community. Related EU documents / reports the framework directive are available on the EU Commission website.
  • Insolvency of the employer
    Directive 2008/94/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2008 on the protection of employees in the event of the insolvency of their employer (replacing Directives 80/987/EEC, 87/164/EEC and 2002/74/EC)
  • Transfer of undertakings
    Council Directive 2001/23/EC of 12 March 2001 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the safeguarding of employees' rights in the event of transfers of undertakings, businesses or parts of undertakings or businesses.
    Further information and documents: EU Commission website

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General framework for informing and consulting employees (Directive 2002/14/EC)

The objective of Directive 2002/14 is to establish a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the European Community. In contrast to the EWC and SE Directives, this legislation lays down minimum standards at national level. It is the first in which the EU has extended to every member state the obligation to provide a procedure for effective, ongoing and regular information and consultation for workers on recent and probable developments in the undertaking’s activities, financial and economic situation, the evolution of employment and in particular of decisions that might lead to major changes in the organisation of labour.

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Background: "The SCE – The small sister of the SE"

The European Cooperative Society (SCE) constitutes another step in the completion of the EU’s internal market. It aims to reduce existing cross-border obstacles and to make it easier for companies to operate across European borders, thereby enhancing their competitiveness. In this sense, the SCE complements the legislation on European Companies (SE) which has enabled companies to set up as a European public limited company. The SCE fills the gap regarding the transnational activities of cooperatives. As in the case of the SE, the SCE legislation consists of a Regulation on the Statute for an SCE and an accompanying Directive on worker involvement. The Regulation came into force from 18 August 2006, by which date the member states also had to transpose the SCE directive into national law.

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What does SE mean?

From when on is it possible to set up an SE?

How can a European Company (SE) be established?

What are the (expected) advantages of setting up a European Company?