Publications

See all
Romuald Jagodzinski, Sjef Stoop

How to deal with confidential information

This training manual deals with two serious forms of obstruction that management may use to block information flows. Firstly, management may label information as ‘confidential’, thus forbidding the EWC to share this information with others (including the employees it represents or local works councils). Alternatively, management may use the... Find out more

Lise Meylemans, Stan De Spiegelaere

EWC Confidential

The idea behind the establishment of European Works Councils (EWCs) is that these are bodies which should be informed and consulted on company decisions and actions. However, this flow of information is often disrupted by confidentiality constraints imposed by management. Three central research questions are: (1) what are the different practices of... Find out more

Stan De Spiegelaere, Romuald Jagodzinski

Can anybody hear us?

This publication, that consists of unique survey data, gives an insight into the functioning of European Works councils (EWC) from the perspective of employee representatives. It presents the results of the largest survey of EWC representatives conducted to date. The survey documents the opinions on a wide range of topics of more than 1,600... Find out more

Charlotte Olijslagers, Stan De Spiegelaere

Why aren’t there more European Works Councils? A Belgian perspective

This policy brief considers the lack of European Works Councils through a Belgian perspective. It discusses Belgian companies who are currently engaged in establishing one or have developed ‘functionally equivalent’ structures. The remaining companies are confronted with serious obstacles to establishing a European Works Council, principally: (i) a... Find out more

Jan Cremers, Sigurt Vitols

Exercising voice across borders: workers’ rights under the EU Cross-border Mergers Directive

This book contains the results of a study of workers' rights to information, consultation and participation in EU and national law covering cross-border mergers, which was undertaken by the ETUI’s GOODCORP network of academic and trade union experts on company law and corporate governance. Based on an analysis of available statistics, nine national... Find out more

Latest news

See all
November 23, 2020

A better world with more democracy at work

For democracy to work well requires democracy in the workplace. ‘You know what? Our whole education is a lie. We learned how to be critical citizens for years, develop our own opinions, question... Find out more

Basic pages

See all

2021, the year for more democracy at work

Democracy at work is key to mapping out an inclusive and sustainable way forward. (…) Workers’ participation in all its forms must be... Find out more