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Takeovers with or without worker voice: workers’ rights under the EU Takeover Bids Directive

Jan Cremers (Univ. of Amsterdam) and Sigurt Vitols (ETUI) ETUI series - Workers’ rights in company law

Publication date : 2016

Number of pages : 251

Edited by :

Jan Cremers (Univ. of Amsterdam) and Sigurt Vitols (ETUI)

This book presents the results of a study of workers’ rights during company takeover situations in Europe. Takeovers are extremely important for workers because a change in ownership frequently leads to restructuring in the firm, including replacement of management, changed working conditions, increased work intensity and/or mass redundancies. It is therefore crucial that workers have strong rights to receive timely and full information about the planned takeover and to intervene at an early stage of the takeover process to protect their interests. The major conclusion of the book is that the EU Takeover Bids Directive needs to be revised, as it does not provide an adequate level of workers’ rights in its current form.

The study was carried out by the ETUI’s GOODCORP network of academic and trade union experts on corporate governance and company law. The book includes case studies of takeovers as well as analyses of national legal frameworks regulating takeovers and of transversal issues related to takeovers. The book is the first in a new ETUI book series on workers’ rights in company law.

ETUI, Brussels, ISBN 978-2-87452-420-2, ISBN 978-2-87452-421-9 (pdf)

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