Constituting the EWC
After signing the agreement to establish a European Works Council the normal day to day work starts. It is important to
strengthen the contact with the delegates from other countries and to develop a commun point of view towards central
management. A profound knowledge of industrial relations in the countries involved will help to avoid intercultural
misunderstandings and to come to an efficient mutual work.
Many European Works Councils carry out training days before or after the constituting meeting, which can be arranged by
our trainers. Examples of subjects can be found on our seminar pages.
European Works Councils have the right to turn to external experts !
Repeatedly members of our Consulting Net assumed this position and supported the work of numerous EWC bodies with our
extensive experience and background knowledge. We can also become a reliable partner in times of conflict or difficulties
that may arise with your management.
Our expert activities could include the following subjects:
Regular attendance as advisors or facilitators at EWC meetings
Optimization of EWC meetings (agendas, chairing meetings, discussions with management,
Advice for chairpersons and steering committees to improve the EWC work
Suggestions for topical work
Latest news on changes in legislation
Participation during negotiations with the management
EU enlargement to Eastern Europe and its effects on the EWC
Support during mergers and restructuring processes
Improving information and consultation opportunities
Development of working programmes for the EWC (e.g. working hours, health and safety,
quality management, equal opportunities, training, etc.)
Dealing with management philosophies (strategic alliances, outsourcing, TQM, division of
plants, Business Reengineering, etc.)
Further consultancy services: