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European-level Representation

Spanish members of bodies concerned with European Works Councils and European Companies are chosen by the unions which either together or separately have majority support in the companies concerned. On European Companies, the legislation makes clear that they should be selected in line with the support that the unions have received in the works council elections.

 

 

European Works Councils

 

 

Spanish members of the special negotiating body (SNB) of an EWC are appointed by majority decision of the union bodies which together form a majority in the works council, or works councils or – where appropriate – the employee delegates, or they are appointed with the support of a majority in these bodies. In 2001 an agreement was reached between CCOO and UGT, establishing that they would take turns to share seats in EWCs.1

The procedure is the same for members of an EWC set up under the fallback procedure, but in this case the individuals appointed must be employees of the company.

 

 

European Company

 

 

Spanish members of the special negotiating body (SNB) of a European Company are appointed by majority decision of the union bodies which together form a majority in the works council, or works councils or – where appropriate – the employee delegates, or they are appointed with the support of a majority in these bodies. The legislation goes on to state that the choice of members must be proportional to the votes which each union has received in the elections to the works councils or for employee delegates in the workplaces involved. The individuals chosen can either be employees or external union representatives.

 

 

The procedure is the same for members of the SE representative body set up under the fallback procedure, but in this case the individuals appointed must be employees of the company and be either members of the works council, employee delegates or trade union delegates.

 

Exactly the same rules apply to representatives from Spain taking seats on the board of a company under the fallback provisions in the annex and here again they must be employees

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.