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European Works Councils bring employers and workers representatives together, in order to promote dialogue, and to ensure that workers are informed and consulted, particularly when decisions taken in another member state will affect them.

However, the TUC believes that the EWC Directive is too weak - that there is a serious gap between the aims and practice of the Directive, particularly in terms of consultation - and that a process of revision is both necessary and urgent. We are working with the ETUC to lobby member governments and the European Commission to beef up the Directive and make sure it delivers real consultation with workers.

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The TUC has welcomed the new, recast European Works Councils Directive which was adopted by the European Parliament this week, and is now set to become law. It will give workers in companies operating in several European countries important new rights. They will get more of a voice over decisions...
17 December 2008
At SERTUC's ‘International Conference' on Saturday, (14 June), trade unionists from London, the South East, the East of England and beyond will meet with trade unionists and international speakers from across the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing working people and their families in the world today. The...
09 June 2008
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27 September 2004
Saturday January 10th at Gateshead Civic Centre sees the first meeting of the Regional Council for 2004 and the first opportunity for regional trade unions to discuss a number of key issues in what will be a crucial year. With local and European elections as well as the historic referendum...
08 January 2004
In anticipation of the European Commission embarking on an exmination of the need for revision of the European Works Coucnils Directive, the DTI issued a discussion paper on EWCs in Britain The TUC response draws on input from affiliated unions, and concludes that there is a pressing need for (among...
19 October 2003