European-level Representation

Latvian representatives on European bodies, both European Works Councils and the European Company are in most cases chosen by the existing employee representatives – either the unions or the authorised workplace representatives.

European Works Councils

Latvian members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for an EWC must be employees. They are chosen at joint meetings of employee representatives (either union representatives or authorised workplace representatives), with voting on a proportional basis to employee numbers.

The rules are the same for Latvian members of an EWC appointed under the fallback procedure.

European Company

Latvian employees in a planned European Company can by law decide that their interests should be represented in the special negotiating body (SNB) by their existing employee representatives. If this is not the case SNB members from Latvia are elected by the employees.

Latvian members of the SE representative body, as set up under the fallback procedures in the annex to the directive, are elected by employee representatives (either union representatives or authorised workplace representatives), where they exist. Where they do not exist the members of the SE representative body are elected by the whole workforce.

Latvian representatives on a board of a European Company, set up under the fallback procedures, are chosen by the representative body.

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.

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