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'Preparing For A Democratic Spring At Work?' blogpost by Sara Lafuente and Stan De Spiegelaere

On the 1st of February, 2018 Sara Lafuente Hernández and Stan De Spiegelaere (researchers at the ETUI) published a very interesting piece on industrial democracy and workers' participation. The article was published in the online Social Europe journal.

Enjoy the reading.

The European Federation of Food Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) brings Lactalis to court

In a statement issued on 8 February, the European Federation of Food Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) said it will take legal action against Lactalis. Along with nine affiliated unions in France, Spain, Italy and Belgium, EFFAT is demanding that the French diary giant set up a European works council. In the statement, the union federation highlights that on “several occasions EFFAT has supported its affiliates demanding the establishment of an EWC in the Lactalis Group, a demand that the world leader of the dairy industry has always rejected”. “Information and consultation rights are key elements of the EU social acquis and cannot be neglected by transnational companies. We want Lactalis to stick to its obligations and be transparent with its employees,” the federation adds. The first court hearing of the legal proceeding will take place in Laval, Brittany, on 26 March 2018.

(source: PlanetLabor, 09/02/2018)

"EWCs fit for change" - a new publication by the Austrian GPA union

EWC Fit for Change

The EU-funded project “EWC Fit for Change”, led by the Austrian trade union GPA, drew upon the expertise of an international network of EWC experts and trainers (including from the ETUI)  in order to develop materials to support  European Works Councils in managing restructuring in corporate groups. The materials were developed and tested in three seminars with EWC members from several European countries and different sectors.

These materials include a manual on transnational restructuring, in which the legal, political, strategic contexts are explained in order to better understand the dynamics of company restructuring and the opportunities available to EWCs to exert influence or get robust information.  A number of very useful practical checklists are also included. There is also a guide to establishing an EWC and a set of advanced training modules for EWCs.

The website of the project is available here in German and English and materials produced as a result of the project , available in German, English, French and Slovak can be downloaded here.

The Workers' Participation Team

The team behind the website consists of researchers working in Unit 1 'Europeanisation of Industrial Relations' and associated external researchers as well as expert networks managed by the ETUI researchers. The unit and researchers (listed on the organigram below) are coordinated by Aline Hoffmann, who is Head of Unit and Coordinator of the European Workers Participation Competence Centre and aided by Administrative Assistants: Rihoux, Catherine <> and FLOUQUET, Stéphanie <>.

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CAC's groundbreaking judgement in the EWC Oracle case

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On 12 February, the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) in London delivered its judgment in a dispute between the Oracle European Works Council and the group’s management. While the case featured, sadly, a fairly ordinary dispute over restructuring and lack of appropriate EWC involvement, some parts of the judgement of the Central Arbitration Committee leave many experts concerned. The CAC decided, among others, that:

1. EWC requests  for financial information about the redundancy plans had the sole purpose of checking or challenging management's decision, which is not within the competence of EWCs;

2. As to whether there is an obligation on management to wait until the EWC issues its opinion before implementing a managerial decision decision at national and local level, the CAC found that the legal provisions referring to linking and the coordination of procedures at European and national level 'do not indicate that the management cannot apply its decision before the European Works Council issues its opinion'.

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