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Works councils are increasingly confronted with cross-border corporate organizations. The EWC Academy in Hamburg (Germany), as an employee-oriented consultancy and training firm, has specialized itself on the subject.

Our website, available since January 2001, presents the services for:

  • Workplace representatives in Germany and other countries
  • European works councils and SE works councils
  • Special negotiating bodies
  • Employee representatives in supervisory boards and workers' directors


Our offer includes:

  • Open seminars for individuals registering directly with us
  • In-house seminars for individual companies or works councils
  • Legal, economic and intercultural consulting
  • Strategies for the structuring of consultation procedures
  • Collaboration in relevant research projects, e.g. for the European Commission


The EWC Academy (and its forerunner organization) has so far trained and/or advised employee representatives from 264 companies which represents around 21 % of all currently existing transnational works councils in Europe.




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    German Federal Government should develop codetermination

    On 10 February 2017, the German Upper House of Parliament demanded that the gaps in German codetermination rights, which are a consequence of digitalization and globalization, be closed. The request was initiated by five federal states with red-green state governments...

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    Further and further away from a European works council

    For the US group Hewlett-Packard there has no longer been a European works council in place since January 2014. The EWC, which was established in 1996, terminated its "voluntary" agreement and started legal proceedings against the company before the labour courts in Brussels...

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    French-German cooperation necessary in the EWC

    The French car manufacturer PSA (Peugeot Citroën) wants to acquire the European sites of General Motor's Opel and Vauxhall brands. This was announced on 14 February 2017. The PSA group's management already held a meeting with the European works council of General Motors on 20 February 2017 to discuss the possible consequences on employment...

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    Issues with the EWC Directive summed up in a nutshell

    The executive committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) met on 15 and 16 March 2017 in Valletta, the capital of Malta. It is the organization's highest organ which meets between congresses held every four years and makes fundamental policy decisions. Malta currently holds presidency of the EU Council...

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    Info-modules for EWC members

    The independent trade union FABI boasts 100,000 members among bank employees in Italy. It is not affiliated to any of the Italian umbrella organizations, but to UNI, the European Services Workers Union for the services industry. Along with trade unions from four other countries it has carried out a two year long EWC project, sponsored by the European Commission...

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    United Kingdom to remain a full member of the EU for two years

    On 29 March 2017, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May officially requested the withdrawal from the EU. There had previously been a legal dispute at to whether or not this was possible without the consent of Parliament. At the same time Scotland demanded a second referendum on its independence...

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    Furniture manufacturer now to have two European works councils

    The manufacturing and logistics of the IKEA Group were spun-off into the Inter IKEA company in September 2016. The 26,000 employees involved are now to get their own EWC. The agreement was signed on 29 November 2016 in Delft (the Netherlands)...

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    French chain store establishes EWC

    A EWC agreement was concluded on 6 December 2016 at the headquarters of the Fnac chain stores in the Paris suburb, Ivry. Fnac has 26,000 employees in Europe, with 19,000 alone in France, and sells books, media and consumer electronics. Until 2013 it was a subsidiary of PPR, the luxury goods holding and participated in its EWC...

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    US Company must disclose information on stock options

    On 17 January 2017, the state labour court of Baden-Württemberg ruled on a complaint filed by the works council of Dow Chemical at their Rheinmünster site near Karlsruhe. Management had refused to provide information on the granting of stock options, which the US management distributes entirely at its own discretion...

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    Conference with 53 participants from ten countries

    The annual conference of the EWC Academy was held on 30 and 31 January 2017 in Hamburg for the ninth year in a row. The focus was on current developments in the EWC and SE landscape as well as on the Brexit. The demands for the forthcoming revision of the EWC Directive were discussed on the basis of several studies, presented by Romuald Jagodziñski...

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    Improved consultations in Saudi Chemicals Company

    On 10 and 11 November 2016, the EWC steering committee of Sabic came for training to the EWC Academy in Hamburg. The company, which is owned by the Saudi Arabian State started acquiring European production plants from other companies in 2002, particularly in the Netherlands, where today the European headquarters are located, as well as in Germany...

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    Italian cement manufacturer renews EWC agreement

    The EWC agreement for Buzzi Unicem was renewed on 29 November 2016 at their headquarters in Casale Monferrato, the "cement capital" of the Piedmont. The European works council has been in place since 2008, following acquisition of the German Dyckerhoff group where there had already been a EWC back in 1996 under German jurisdiction...

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    Sheet flooring manufacturer improves EWC agreement

    The European Forum of Tarkett signed a new agreement on 1 December 2016 in Paris. The Forum was already established back in 1996 under German jurisdiction. Today the company headquarters are situated in the Paris business suburb, La Défense, as a consequence of a wave of mergers...

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    Legal proceedings in Vienna still in the balance

    In June 2016, the European works council of Mayr-Melnhof filed a complaint following the violation of its information and consultation rights. The cardboard manufacturer's central management has been under criticism for years for not correctly involving its employee representatives...

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    Updated agreement in French Construction group

    A revised EWC agreement for Eiffage was signed on 30 December 2016 at their company headquarters in the Paris suburb, Vélizy-Villacoublay. The European works council was established in 1998 and falls fully under the scope of EWC legislation. A major part of the 65,000 employees world-wide are attributed to France, where there is a strong pro-union tradition in the workforce...

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    Brexit drives major bank to Frankfurt and into the SE legal form

    Since 1 December 2016, the Swiss bank, UBS, has been running its wealth-management operations for Continental Europe out of Frankfurt and has to this end founded the new UBS Europe SE company. It has 2,000 employees in nine countries. Frankfurt has therefore become the favored solution for the possible relocation of 1,500 UBS jobs from London...

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    Pump manufacturer does not want employee representatives on the supervisory board

    The Busch group of companies based in Maulburg (Black Forest) was converted into a SE on 24 October 2016. The family business employs 2,600 employees world-wide, who are now completely denied any participation rights on the supervisory board. Busch has the world's largest product range of industrial vacuum pumps...

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    How do Polish trade unions get on with the government?

    In September 2013, more than 100,000 people held demonstrations against the liberal-conservative government, led at the time, by the prime minister, Donald Tusk. It was jointly organized by the three major trade union confederations. In their opinion the government of the time was favoring "the rich and powerful", employers and "foreign capital" and almost never paid...

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    All national framework agreements terminated in Finland

    On 15 February 2017, the umbrella organization of the Finnish employers' associations, EK, gave notice to terminate all national cross-industry collective bargaining agreements and that there would be no renegotiations. In the future, collective agreements are to be only concluded for individual industries or on a company level...

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    Increased legal security for temp workers in Belgium

    Since 1 October 2016, before they start working, all temporary employees in Belgium now have the right to a written works contract. These contracts may be concluded on paper or electronically. The Belgian trade union confederation, FGTB, has provided a special website to inform them on their new rights...

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    Campaign against negative effects of the Brexit

    The "Open Britain" cross-party network was established after the referendum on EU membership and is running a website with the latest information. The supporters want an open and inclusive country: open to trade and investment, open for talents and hard work, open towards Europe and the world...

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    Meal Delivery company establishes European Forum

    A SE participation agreement for HelloFresh was signed on 7 November 2016. The company from Berlin has been operating as a SE since 14 December 2016. HelloFresh is the world's largest delivery service for food with a subscription of prepared recipes in their "food boxes"...

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    Norwegian construction group renews framework agreement

    On 24 January 2017, the central management of Veidekke signed an international framework agreement with the Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI) for its 7,000 employees around the globe. Norway's largest construction group had already concluded such an agreement for the first time in 2005...

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    Global Responsible Investment

    The CWC initiative was founded in 1999 with support of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) for promoting the exchange of information and joint actions between the trustees of union pension funds. The companies in which one invests, should respect both human and labour rights, be financially sustainable and avoid any negative impact on the environment...

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    Is collective bargaining being politically undermined by the EU?

    Since the crisis of the European monetary system the institutions of the EU have been directly exerting influence on the development of wages and collective bargaining systems in a hitherto unknown manner. This volume published in November 2016, examines the extent and the impact of this so-called "Economic Governance" interventionism in various regions of Europe...

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    Guidelines on Information and Consultation in the EWC

    In November 2016, the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) published EWC guidelines which were developed during a two-year project financially backed by the European Commission. The manual contains important background information on how consultation procedures in European works councils should be organized...

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    Belgian chemicals group with outstanding regulations

    On 3 February 2017 in Brussels, Solvay's central management and the global industrial union federation, IndustriALL, agreed to extend the global framework agreement on corporate social responsibility from 2013...

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    French automobile group strengthens world works council

    Central management of PSA and the Global Industrial Union Federation, IndustriALL, signed a framework agreement which is applicable worldwide, on 7 March 2017 at the headquarters of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. It builds on the first agreement from 2006 and integrates the world works council established in 2010...

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    Trade unions take SAP to court

    Through legal action, the IG Metall and ver.di trade unions want to prevent SAP from reducing the size of its supervisory board starting from 2019. In March 2014, as part of the process of converting the software firm into a European Company (SE), a SE participation agreement was concluded with provisions for a full-parity supervisory board of 18 members...

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    Toolbox for EWC members

    This manual which highlights the various aspects of European works council activities in three chapters was published in December 2016. First of all, the legal framework is covered with references to key issues in negotiating EWC agreements, including the definition of the transnational competence of the EWC, the coordination between national and European works councils and the issue of confidentiality...

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    Corporate responsibility in the supply chain

    This study from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation was published in December 2016. The Bangladesh factory collapse in April 2013 with its 1,100 death toll had provoked a world-wide debate on the responsibility of textile companies in the supply chain. The author of the study, who also acts as legal counsel to the EWC Academy, evaluates...

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    Steering committee wants to improve EWC working practice

    The board of the BCD Group's European works council met on 1 and 2 February 2017 in Hamburg and received training from the EWC Academy on how to improve their consultation procedures. This Dutch company is one of the world's largest service providers for business travel management...

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    Two European works councils to merge

    The steering committee members of both ZF and TRW Automotive came together for a meeting in Friedrichshafen on 22 and 23 February 2017. With the assistance of EWC Academy, they discussed the structure of a combined EWC. Germany's third largest automobile supplier ZF had bought the US company TRW in 2015...

 

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