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Agreements on the establishment and operation of a European works council (EWC Agreements)


1,524 European works councils were established since 1985. However this number has been reduced again to 1,145 in April 2018 due to mergers.

Current EWC statistics
Evaluation of the European Trade Union Institute
Status: September 2015

 

Selection of EWC agreements

(see more examples in German and French)

Air France KLM (year of signature: 2014, applicable law: France)
Atlas Copco (2001, Sweden)
Axa (2009, EU)
Barclays (2011, UK)
Billerud (2004, Sweden)
Cargill (1996, UK)
Cementir (2011, Italy)
ČEZ (2007, Czech Republic)
Cytec (2007, Belgium)
Danske Bank (2013, Denmark)
Électricité de France (2005, France)
Elia (2013, Belgium)
Generali (2012, Italy)
GeoPost (2008, France)
Groupama (2012, France)
Hapag-Lloyd (2011, Germany)
International Paper (2010, UK)
KPN Mobile (2003, Netherlands)
Mediaset (2006, Italy)
N & W Global Vending (2009, Italy)
NH Hoteles (2015, Spain)
Panasonic (2008, UK)
RR Donnelley (2009, UK)
SAB Miller (2006, Hungary)
SCA (2003, Sweden)
Scandic (2008, Sweden)
Selex Galileo (2009, Italy)
Skandia (2004, Sweden)
Statoil (1998, Norway)
Takeda (2011, UK)
TRW Automotive (2003, UK)
UniCredit (2007, Italy)
Veolia Environnement (2010, France)
VWR International (2006, Germany)


On-line databases

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) offers the possibility of investigating names of companies falling under the scope of the EWC Directive as well as the contents of EWC agreements.

EWC database of the ETUI


In cooperation with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Commission has put in place a database where the contents of agreements concluded at company level between European work councils and/or trade unions and central management can be consulted. It covers agreements which involve more than one country and which address issues of: minimum social standards, equal treatment, health and safety or the consequences of restructuring.

Database on transnational company agreements

 

Agreements on restructuring or social policy

Air France KLM
(Social guarantees for ground and service personnel, 2015)
Allianz
(Guidelines concerning Work Related Stress, 2011)
Alstom + Schneider Electric
(Social consequences of acquisition, 2010)
Alstom + Shanghai Electric
(Social commitments of joint-venture, 2012)
Areva (Equal opportunities, 2006)
Areva (Professions and competences forecast, 2011)
Axa (Anticipation of Change, 2011)
BNP Paribas (Social Charter on employment management, 2012)
BNP Paribas (Workplace Equality Agreement, 2014) 
DBApparel (Anticipation of Change, 2010)
Etex (Health and Safety, 2010)
GdF Suez (Equal opportunities, 2012)
GdF Suez (Health and Safety, 2014)
Groupama (Quality of life at work, 2013)
Lafarge (Workplace Wellness, 2013)
Safran (Developing skills and career paths, 2015)
Safran (Professional integration of young people, 2017)
Santander (Equal opportunities, 2008)
Schneider Electric (Anticipation and development of competencies, 2017)
Sodexo (Diversity and inclusion for seniors, 2015)
Thales (Professional development, 2009)
Thales (Annual activity discussion, 2010)
Total (European social platform, 2004)
UniCredit (Training, learning and professional development, 2008)
UniCredit (Equal opportunities and non-discrimination, 2009)
UniCredit (Responsible sales, 2015)


Commitment to prevent workplace sexual harassment

Unilever (2016)


Agreements on participation rights in a European company

The transformation of a national public limited company (Plc.) into a European company (SE) needs the conclusion of a transnational agreement regarding the involvement of the employees.

Allianz (2014)
Fresenius (2007)
Klöckner (2008)


International Framework Agreements (IFA)

Trade unions sign more and more agreements on minimum social standards with multinational companies on a worldwide basis. European works councils play an important role during such negotiations and participte frequently during the monitoring process.

ABN AMRO
(year of signature: 2015, head office: Netherlands)
Acciona (2014, Spain)
Accor (2001, France)
Airbus (2005, previously EADS, Netherlands)
Air France KLM (2013, France)
Aker (2012, Norway)
BMW (2005, Germany)
Bosch (2004, Germany)
Brunel (2007, Netherlands)
Coca-Cola (2010, USA)
Codere (2013, Spain)
Daimler (2002, Germany)
Danone (2007, France)
Danske Bank (2008, Denmark)
Dragados (2014, Spain)
Elanders (2009, Sweden)
Electrolux (2010, Sweden)
Enel (2013, Italy)
Eni (2016, Italy)
Faber-Castell (2009, Germany)
FCC Construcción (2012, Spain)
Ford (2012, USA)
France Télécom (2010, France)
GEA (2003, Germany)
Generali (2006, Italy)
General Motors (2002, USA)
Indesit (2002, previously Merloni Elettrodomestici, Italy)
Inditex (2007, Spain)
ISS (2008, Denmark)
Italcementi (2008, Italy)
Lafarge (2013, France)
Leoni (2002, Germany)
Lukoil (2012, Russia)
Metro (2004, Germany)
National Australia Group (2006, Australia)
Norsk Hydro (2011, Norway)
Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) (2012, Spain)
Pernod Ricard (2014, France)
Prym (2004, Germany)
PSA Peugeot Citroën (2010, France)
Quebecor (2007, Canada)
Renault (2013, France)
Rheinmetall (2003, Germany)
Rhodia (2011, France)
Röchling (2004, Germany)
Saab (2012, Sweden)
Salini Impregilo (2014, Italy)
SCA (2013, Sweden)
Schwan-Stabilo (2005, Germany)
Shoprite Checkers (2010, South Africa)
SKF (2003, Sweden)
Société Générale (2015, France)
Sodexo (2011, France)
Staedtler (2006, Germany)
Statoil (2012, Norway)
Takashimaya (2008, Japan)
Tchibo (2016, Germany)
Telefónica (2007, Spain)
Telenor (2013, Norway)
Umicore (2015, Belgium)
Vallourec (2008, France)
Veidekke (2017, Norway)
Volkswagen (2002, Germany)
Wilkhahn (2009, Germany)


Framework Agreement on "Offshoring"

Computer Sciences Corporation (2005)


Worldwide Agreement on Health and Safety in the Workplace

ArcelorMittal (2008)
Orange (2014)

 

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