EWC court cases (jurisprudence)

In 2008 the Workers' Participation Unit of the ETUI started researching and collecting EWC-related court cases and included this collection into the existing database of European Works Councils (www.ewcdb.eu/court-cases). The jurisprudence database grown since and currently contains a collection of more than 70 various court cases and numerous articles. All of them are linked to EWCs registered in the EWC database and searchable via an efficient search engine.

This section features information related to the EWC and SE-related jurisprudence.

For all questions or suggestions in this regard please contact Romek Jagodziński, Senior Researcher, ETUI.

We welcome any tips or information about the relevant court judgements/cases (please contact R. Jagodziński).

[Currently in construction, will be updated soon]

Structure of the EWC jurisprudence database:

1) EUCJ level jurisprudence on EWCs and SE works councils

1.1. Directly linked to EWCs;

1.2. Indirectly linked to EWCs (subsidiary jurisprudence relevant for EWC rights and operation);

2) National level jurisprudence  on EWCs and SE works councils

2.1 Directly linked to EWCs;

2.2. Indirectly linked to EWCs (subsidiary jurisprudence e.g. on information & consultation rights at the level of local works councils, employee representation, etc. relevant for EWC rights and operation);

Recent Developments:

New search engine for court cases database available at www.ewcdb.eu/court-cases

- possibility to search jurisprudence by keywords;

- possiblity to search jurisprudence by EWC Directive's article to which a case is linked (under construction).

Workers' Participation Europe network

The WPEurope network (formerly known as SEEurope) has been confined with the task to map national databases on court cases. Outocomes of the mapping exercise are expected mid-2017

Conference Paper: 'Are European fundamental rights to information and consultation getting diluted by national implementations? Study on implementation of European Works Councils Directive 2009/38/EC in the field of access to justice'

EWC access to justice
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By Romuald Jagodzinski

The ETUI continues its research on EWCs' access to justice. During the 2014 Industrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC) conference 'IREC 2014 - The future of the European Social Model – New perspectives for industrial relations, social and employment policy in Europe?' held at the Eurofound in Dublin on 12-14 September 2014 a paper by Romuald Jagodziński discussing implementation of sanctions for violation of EWC laws across Europe was presented.

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