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14 February - 15 February 2019

EWPCC Conference: Enforcing the rights of SNBs, EWCs, and SE-Works Councils


The EWPCC Conferences regularly bring together employee representatives and other practitioners, academic experts, trade unions and policy-makers to discuss relevant research and debate topical issues around workers’ participation.

Although the European Commission’s recent evaluation of the Recast EWC Directive rightly identified a wide range of existing and pressing problems in practice, it stopped well short of proposing any robust policy instruments designed to actually address these problems. These lukewarm policy consequences were a great disappointment to those who have watched EWCs’ and SE-WCs’ rights to appropriate information and consultation be ignored or flouted for decades.

Therefore, the next EWPCC Conference will focus on the ways in which EWCs and SE-WCs rights can be enforced using legal means. We have invited several lawyers with experience representing EWCs and SE-WCs in the courts of law of different countries to share with us their experience and advice. We will present the results of the ETUI research about EWC and SE-WC jurisprudence, and we have also invited trade union experts and officials to provide their comment and advice.

In plenary sessions and focused working groups, we will examine several very specific cases in which EWCs have defended their right in courts of law. We will cover both practical and strategic aspects of the cases, and will also address broader aspects of trade union legal strategy and solidarity.

This Conference is open to members of European Works Councils, SE-Works Councils, trade union officials, and employee representatives on supervisory boards and administrative boards.


We plan to provide interpretation in Czech, English, French, German and Italian.

If you would like to share your experience of going to court, or of deciding against going to court, please contact Aline Hoffmann.

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