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European-level Representation

In line with the key role played by the union at workplace level in Greece, it is the local union organisation which has priority in choosing European level representatives.

European Works Council

Greek members of the special negotiating body (SNB) are chosen in the following order of priority: by trade union organisations, by the works council, or, as a last resort, by a ballot of all employees. The legislation does not specify whether or not the individuals must be employees of the company.

The position is the same for members of an EWC set up under the fallback procedure in the annex to the directive, except that in this case the individuals must be company employees.

European Company

Greek members of the special negotiating body (SNB) are chosen by the union organisation in the company. Only if there is no union are they chosen by the works council; and if there is no union or works council by a ballot of all the employees. The legislation does not specify whether or not the individuals must be employees of the company.

The position is the same for Greek members of the SE representative body set up under the annex to the directive, and again the legislation does not specify whether or not they must be employees of the company.

The situation is slightly different for choosing employee board members under the terms of the annex to the directive. The Greek legislation does not lay down a national method for making the choice, but leaves the selection in the hands of the SE representative body.

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.