The ETUI has just published a new Working Paper by Jeremy Waddington (ETUI and University of Manchester), Valeria Pulignano and Jeffrey Turk (University of Leuven), Thomas Swerts (University of Antwerp) on a very topical question of assessing the operation of European Works Councils.
The Working Papper's relevance is (at least) twofold:
1) it presents and explains management's views on the effectiveness, usefulness, roles and operation of European Works Councils (research on management's perspective on EWCs is scarce and rare);
2) it represents a timely contribution to the ongoing debate on EWCs preceeding the European Commission's evaluation report on the implementation of the directive (and its possible review/recast/revision) expected in autumn 2016;
The publication can be downloaded freely from:
This working paper looks at the views of managers responsible for European Works Councils (EWCs) within multinational companies on the operation of the institution. It also examines the policies of Business Europe on EWCs vis-à-vis the views of these managers.
The findings of structured interviews with fifty-six EWC managers focus on management; corporate restructuring; the question whether EWCs offer value for money; operational concerns; the impact of the 2009 Recast directive; and the question where do we go from here.
Finally the researchers draw the conclusions and recommendations for future European policies on European Works Councils.