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European Works Councils Database

The ETUI's EWC database contains the texts of agreements that have established European Works Councils, as well as agreements negotiated by EWCs on specific topics. It also presents information on multinational companies falling within the scope of the EWC Directive. The database has been widely used as a reference source by assorted EU and national institutions as well as research and academic centres. The database contains 3000 documents and well over 1000 EWC agreements in various language versions. Click here to visit the EWC Database!

Paths to Progress - Mapping innovation on information, consultation and participation for employee involvement in corporate governance

Expert contributions to the "Path to progress" project which was run between 2005 and 2006. Under this project, an "innovation expert group" composed of academics and other experts were asked to generate new ideas on the new trends which could improve the management of information, consultation and participation of employees in Europe in the context of the development and competitiveness strategies of the most prominent industrial sectors, and on the need to deal with company restructuring, mergers, take-overs and relocations. The summaries of the contributions have been translated in a number of languages, including Polish and Czech.

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Legal Matters

You can find a collection (including summaries) of the most important law cases of the European Court of Justice and of national courts in the European Works Council Database of the ETUI. Click here

Towards a European labour identity - The case of the EWC

Comparative in perspective and based on empirical research, this book brings a collection of contributions and insights on how employee representative from different European countries perform their jobs as members of the European Works Councils. Exploring attempts to develop some sense of a common European labour identity, the authors examine not only the workings of the EWCs, utilizing individual case studies, but also analyze and asses the link with the broader discussions on European identity as well as European trade union co-ordination and solidarity.

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Framework agreement on stress at work (2004)

This framework agreement negotiated in 2003 by the European social partners, covering issues such as how to identify and prevent, eliminate or reduce work-related stress, as well as the responsibility of both employers and workers (and their representatives), will surely help to combat this detrimental and growing phenomenon which potentially can affect any workplace.

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Who are the European social partners?

What is the European Social Dialogue?

What is the difference between the interprofessional and the sectoral social dialogue?

Facts & Figures

The graphs on this site were prepared on the basis of information gathered within the EWC Database (EWCDB) of the ETUI. Click on the pictures to enlarge!

The slides can be downloaded from the EWCDB-Website in DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, NL and PL.

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