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European-level Representation

Slovak members on bodies relating to European Works Councils and the European Company are generally appointed by existing employee representatives where they are present, who can be either trade union representatives and/or works council members. The one exception is Slovak representatives at board level. They are elected by all employees.

European Works Council

 

Slovak members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for the EWC are appointed at a joint meeting of employee representatives. Employee representatives can be both trade union representatives and/or elected works council members. Voting is on a proportional basis to the number of employees represented. Only in cases where there are no employee representatives in the company, are the Slovak members of the SNB directly elected by all employees. Slovak members of the SNB must be employees.

 

The arrangements are the same for Slovak members of an EWC set up under the fallback procedure in the annex to the directive.

 

European Company

 

Slovak members of the special negotiating body (SNB) for the European Company are appointed at a joint meeting of employee representatives. Employee representatives can be both trade union representatives and/or elected works council members. Voting is on a proportional basis to the number of employees represented. Only in cases where there are no employee representatives in the company, are the Slovak members of the SNB directly elected by all employees. Slovak members of the SNB can be external trade union representatives and are not required to be employees.

 

The arrangements are the same for an SE representative body set up under the fallback procedure in the annex to the directive. However, in this case those elected must be employees of the company.

 

The arrangements are different for Slovak employee representatives on boards, where these are set up in line with the fall-back procedure. As is the case with employee representatives on national boards, they must be elected by all employees and they must themselves be employees.

L. Fulton (2021) National Industrial Relations, an update (2019-2021). Labour Research Department and ETUI (online publication). Online publication available at http://www.worker-participation.eu/National-Industrial-Relations.