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European-level Representation

Most representatives in European bodies are chosen by joint meetings of employees’ representatives – trade unionists and works council members – where they exist. But board level representatives for a European Company are chosen in the same way as for a national company – through election by the employees.

European Works Councils

Czech members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for the European works council (EWC) are chosen from employees at a meeting of all employee representatives (which can be either local union organisations or, where they do not exist, works councils). Where there are no existing employee representatives, the employees elect someone for this specific purpose.

 

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

 

European Company

 

Czech members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for the European Company are chosen from employees at a meeting of all employee representatives (which can be either local union organisations or, where they do not exist, works councils). Where there are no existing employee representatives, the employees elect someone for this specific purpose. Trade union officials not employed by the company concerned can also be members of the SNB.

 

Members of the SE representative body (works council), as set up under the annex to the directive, are also appointed at a joint meeting of employee representatives.

 

Czech employee representatives at board level, on the other hand, are chosen in the same way that national supervisory board members are chosen – through election by the employees, either directly or through delegates.

Further information on the national SE legislation can be found here.

L. Fulton (2015) 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.