Training date

15/02/2021 - 26/03/2021
(9:00 - 17:00 - CET, Brussels time)

Deadline for registration

This is the 1st German edition of the online course “EWCs: the rules of the game”. It will involve about 12 hours of work, or about 2 hours per week, that you can follow at your own rhythm. Online tutors will support participants during the training.

About 20.000 worker representatives travel around Europe to meet at least once a year and discuss topics which are of interest for the workforce of their companies across borders. New EWCs are being established every year and new members are being elected and appointed continuously. This means there is a great need for training on some of the basic aspects. 


  • enable newly elected or appointed EWC or SNB members to get acquainted with the legal aspects and practice of European worker representation; 
  • ensure a smooth integration of new representatives in a group with more experienced colleagues; 
  • provide an overview of the legal rules governing the EWC activities and the trade union guidelines on how to use these in practice; 
  • encourage reflection on the usefulness of an EWC and the importance of worker representation at European level; 
  • consider how negotiations can lead to a positive result and how an EWC can be more efficient; 
  • stimulate communication between worker representatives of different multinational groups and sectors.

Participants: A maximum of 60 participants can be accepted. The final confirmation of the participants will be done by ETUI bearing in mind the requirements for the target group, and the “first come, first served” rule. The target group are worker representatives who are considering the establishment of a European Works Council in their company, newly elected members of a Special Negotiating Body or an existing EWC and union officials supporting their members in multinational companies. This course is not intended as a joint training course for a whole EWC, SE-Works Council or SNB. For whole EWC, SE-Works Council and SNB bodies, we recommend our tailor-made, face-to-face company seminars. More information about these seminars can be found at www.ewctraining.eu

Registrations: individual expressions of interests can be made through national contact persons (see the list here). ETUI Education is available for clarification and support Ilaria Costantini (icostantini@etui.org) and Sylviane Mathy smathy@etui.org). The participation to this course is free of charge.