The ETUI online database of European Works Councils has been one of the Institute’s interests ever since EWCs began to emerge. Created in 1995 as a research project on multinational companies covered by directive 94/45/EC, it was gradually extended by new elements and grew to be one of the key sources of information on EWCs.
Initially, the database comprised a list of multinational companies eligible for establishment of an EWC. In 1999 a second pillar was created containing texts of all EWC agreements signed. The database was published every second year on a CD-Rom. In 2004 the two sections were merged into a single database that was subsequently launched online in 2006. In 2009-2010 a process of merger with an SDA database containing analysis of texts of EWC agreements was carried out and led to development towards a single database on EWCs.
Currently the database comprises various kinds of information on EWCs organised in a structured manner. Firstly, information on multinational companies estimated to fulfil the criteria for application of EWC legislation is supplied. Secondly, texts of EWC agreements (constituting agreements, renegotiated versions, etc.) in original languages and in English are provided. Since 2009 these agreements have been progressively analysed (ETUI-SDA cooperation) according to a single framework (approx. 90 criteria). Apart from systematic analysis, the database records also examples of good and bad practice, i.e. contractual solutions provided for in the EWC agreements. Furthermore, the database provides documentation linked to operation of EWCs: transnational agreements (co-signed) by EWCs and press news on individual EWCs. One of the important resources is also a database of documentation on EWC-related case law, including lists of court cases, judgements, accompanying documents and background information. Part of the legal information is represented also by texts of transposition laws implementing the EWC directives at the national level.
Usability of the EWC database has been confirmed on numerous occasions both as a source of information for institutional initiatives on the EU level (e.g. Opinions of European Economic and Social Committee, European Commission, European Parliament), trade union policies and strategies (e.g. training), and also for academic and research purposes.
Isabelle Schömann (ETUI), Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI),Guido Boni (University of London), Stefan Clauwaert (ETUI), Vera Glassner (Johannes Kepler Universität in Linz) and Teun Jaspers (Utrecht Univer...
Dr. Markus Hertwig (Research fellow at the Chair of Sociology / Organisation, Migration, Participation, Ruhr University Bochum), Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries (Holds the Chair of Sociology / Organisation,...
Filip Dorssemont (Professor of labour law at the Université Catholique de Louvain, UCL) and Thomas Blanke (Professor of law)