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tools for ewcs
tools for EWCs
  • EC impact assessment 2008

introducing a right to training

    • would have a direct and significant impact on costs
    • meets the interests of both workers and companies
    • investing in language and technical/content training helps to optimise the functioning of the EWC and to reduce overall functioning costs
    • is likely to have a positive impact
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  • statistics2008 survey on EWC practice
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in so far as this is necessary for the exercise of theirrepresentative duties in an international environment,the members of the SNB and of the EWC shall beprovided with training without loss of wages

  • right to training
  • SNB ánd EWC
  • paid by the company
  • what is ‘necessary’ ?
  • who determines the programme ?
  • who delivers the training ?
  • how often and how long ?
  • members and deputies ?
  • collectively or individually ?
  • need to negotiate
  • make sure you have your say !

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  • expert report 2010
    • different types of training may be necessary
      • understand the international structureand strategy of the company
      • legal and industrial relations background
      • cope with practical requirements(communication and language needs)
    • management should not refuse reasonable requests
    • training provideres can be trade unions, academics, company experts … at either central or local levels
    • if costs are not borne by another entity or party, central management has to bear them, never the EWC members
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  • transposition by Member States
    • Germany act of 14.06.2011 §38
      • the EWC may designate members to take part in training
      • the EWC shall notify management of participation and date
      • any expenses shall be borne by central management
    • Hungary act CV of 2011
      • considered as necessary training : providing knowledge needed for fulfilling the activity, communication and language skills, understanding legal and labour background, international structure and strategy of the company
      • applications shall contain training needs, content and reasons why it is necessary
      • applications shall not be rejected if reasonably necessary
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  • transposition by Member States
    • Italy joint advice social partners 12.04.2011
      • content is decided jointly by management and SC or EWC
    • Latvia law of 19.05.2011
      • need for and content shall be determined by mutualagreement of management and SNB or EWC
    • Poland act of 31.08.2011
      • costs for organising training shall be borneby management
    • UK statutory instrument 2010-1088
      • the obligation to provide training does not includetime off during working hours or remuneration for such time off
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  • company examples
    • Air France KLM (1997)
      • members and deputies are entitled to 8 days collective training during the term of office of 4 years
      • costs shall be borne by the company
      • organisation shall be approved according to applicable legislation and recommended by ETUC
      • content shall be defined by mutual agreement
    • Cegelec (2002)
      • 5 days training on Europe’s economic and social environment during 4 year mandate for members and deputies
      • max 5 days/year for members training on the European dimension organised by the ETUC/ETUF
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  • company examples
    • Arcelor Mittal (2002)
      • organised jointly by HR and SC
      • members and alternates benefit from economic, financial and social training and language courses
      • 12 days during term of office of 4 years6 days organised by HR, 6 days organised by trade unionsafter approval by HR
      • participation is compulsory
    • AXA (2005)
      • 75 hours/year for language training for SC members
      • 2 x 3 days for members and alternates during 4 year mandate
      • programme developped by HR and secretary, part will be established solely by trade unions
      • one session paid by management, one session on EWC budget
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  • company examples
    • Tesco (2009)
      • training on the role, purpose, funtion and procedure of the EWC
      • provided ahead of 1st meeting in each 4 year cycle
      • all members receive Tesco Core Skills Training
      • ongoing training will also be provided as agreed by SC and management
    • SAP (2011)
      • members and substitutes will receive training
        • max 10 days for first time members
        • max 5 days for experienced members
        • max 2 days for substitutes
        • per mandate of 4 years
        • as a group or individual
      • SC can decide
      • working conditions, labour law, team building, communication…
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  • training offer ETUI


    • 1016 European Works Councils¹
    • Special Negotiating Bodies(currently ~60)
    • Representative Bodies in 78 SEs

¹Source : www.ewcdb.eu

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EWCtools for EWCs
  • training at national or European level ?


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expertstools for EWCs
  • the ETUI education team for EWCs

external trainers

Bruno DemaîtreEuropean works councilsSpecial Negotiating BodiesCoordination

Marie Carajspecial themesEuropean works councils

Jean-Claude LeDouaroncoordination of the Europeantrade union federationsEuropean Works Councils

Gabriela Portelalanguage trainingFrench/English

Carine Boon

administration and organisational preparation

Marina Gordijn

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  • topics for training


legal framework

how to enforce EWC rights

when is an issue transnational?

evaluation of own EWC practice

what is expected of the workers’representatives and of management?

developing a work programme

the content of an EWC agreement

tasks and rights of a Special

Negotiating Body



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  • topics for training


employee representation systems

intercultural communication

case studies

linking European and local level

cross-border cooperation

planning and running a meeting

experiences of other EWCs

policies and priorities ofthe European federations



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  • topics for training



company strategies

European institutions

sustainability & CSR

financial analysis

court cases

English/French courses


health & safety

and much more…

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  • new materials and programmes
    • new topics : innovation
    • new methods :worker participation 2030 scenarios
    • new offer :open EWC courses on ETUI programme
      • 3-5 December 2012, Esher
    • new structure :pathways and packages
      • Concha de Sena

Bruno Demaître

[email protected]

+32-2-2240 491

+32-476-54 09 90

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