Right to Information and Consultation in Practice

Ven, 12/12/2003
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Right to Information and Consultation in PracticeSub-Regional Tripartite Conference on the Right to Information and Consultation in Practice in an Enlarged Europe - Warsaw, 12-13 December 2003

co-organised by

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions together with the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Social Policy of Poland, and the International Labour Office through its Sub- Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe in Budapest - and with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Tripartite Conference on the Right to Information and Consultation in Practice in an Enlarged Europe

Background

The conference is designed for experts in the area of social dialogue from governments as well as from workers’ and employers’ organizations from: Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey.

An overview of the activities of the Foundation in the acceding and candidate countries will be presented at a press conference on the morning of Friday 12 December.

The European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) is the main monitoring tool of the Industrial Relations area of the Foundation. EIRO has regularly reported on EWCs developments at both national and EU level. A series of articles focusing on works councils and other workplace employee representation and participation structures (regulatory framework, statistical data, evidence on practice and the views of the social partners) have been recently published on the EIRO website. In order to review developments in the EWCs, EIRO will carry out a comparative study in 2004.

European Works Councils

The emergence of European Works Councils (EWCs) is a major part of the development of an industrial relations system at European level. Since the Council of Ministers’ Directive on the establishment of EWCs, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions supported the European social partners in the process, by making available information and analysis on agreements signed under Articles 6 and 13 of Directive 94/45/EC.

A new study is now being undertaken to assess the internal operations of EWCs and how they actually function. This will focus on the relationship of employee representatives and management involved in EWCs with the rest of the workforce within trans-national enterprises and the influence of external relationships on the functioning of EWCs. Case studies of EWCs with headquarters in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and United Kingdom - commissioned on the basis of a common conceptual framework and agreed interview schedules - are now being analysed.

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