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11 February - 12 February 2020

EWPCC Conference 2020: Looking in the mirror: what do EWC and SEWC members think about their EWC?

The EWPCC Conference brings employee representatives and other practitioners, academic experts, trade unions and policy-makers together to discuss relevant research and to debate topical issues around workers’ participation. 
The 2020 EWPCC conference will focus on European Works Councils (EWCs) and SE works councils (SEWC). The starting point will be the large-scale survey of EWC and SEWC worker representatives completed by the ETUI in 2018. This survey collected data from over 1500 representatives and is the largest of its kind today.
In plenary sessions and focused working groups, and using examples drawn from practice and insights gained from research, the participants will engage directly with the survey findings and explore what it means for their own EWC practice.  

PROGRAMME

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

13:00 Opening and welcome

13:15  A general overview over the survey methodology, population and the experiences regarding Information and Consultation. 

14:45  Coffee Break
15:15  Five parallel workshops (first round) 
1) What EWCs do when they get into conflict. Enforcement of rules in EWCs and SEWCs. How many EWC representatives have experienced a serious dispute with their management? And how did they react in those cases? Did they go to court and why did they (not) do so? In this working group, the survey will be used as a basis for a discussion on the practicalities around enforcement in EWCs. The participants will have the possibility to react to findings and share their own experiences with conflict and enforcement of rules in EWCs. 
2) Does training work and what are the needs? Training in EWCs: experiences, needs and effects  EWC and SEWC members have a right to training and trade unions invest a lot in offering trainings to their representatives. At the same time, we still observe a great need for training. In this workshop, we will look at results from the survey regarding the extent in which EWC members follow trainings, on what topics they need more training and what some of results are of having followed a training. 
3) What if the management doesn’t want to talk with the EWC? Management and how to bring them to the table If management wants to cooperate and engage with the EWC, it is much more likely that a fruitful dialogue will develop. In many ways, the management holds the keys for the well-functioning of the EWC. In this workshop, we will discuss some of the evidence regarding the role of management towards the EWC and exchange with the participants about strategies to bring the management to the table. 
4) Do the EWC members communicate with the employees, local representatives and/or board level representatives? As EWC members need to represent the workforce, they need to liaise with the employees, local representatives and board level employee representatives. Are they in frequent contact, how and why? And what can we learn from experiences of other EWC members?
5) How to balance early information and confidential information in EWCs?  Getting early information often means getting sensitive information that needs to be kept confidential. What are the experiences of employee representatives in dealing with confidential information? Or is confidentiality mostly used to impede real consultation rather than enable it?
 
16:45  Closing speech: Tips and tricks on negotiation and cooperation
  
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
 
 
09:00 The ETUC’s vision and action plan regarding EWCs and SEWCs - Isabelle Schömann, ETUC Confederal Secretary
09:30  Five parallel workshops: Second series 
1) What do EWCs do when they get into conflict? Enforcement of rules in EWCs.
2) Does training work and what are the needs? Training in EWCs: experiences, needs and effects                           
3) What if the management doesn’t want to talk with the EWC? Management and how to bring them to the table                             
4) Do the EWC members communicate with the employees, local representatives and/or board level representatives?
5) How to balance early information and confidential information in EWCs?11:00 Coffee Break

11:30  European Works Councils and trade unions: what’s in it for both? 

12:30  Lunch

13:30  Panel debate: what do trade unions expect from EWCs? What are trade unions trying to achieve with EWCs?
  
15:00 Closing speech – Why we need more Democracy at work and how we can get there? 

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