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European Works Councils

European Works Councils (EWCs) are consultative bodies representing the European workforce of a multinational organisation.
  • Their purpose is to inform and consult employee representatives from across EEA member states about workplace change with cross-border implications.
  • It applies to the European Union Countries, and also applies to Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.
  • Organisations to which the Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Act, 1996 applies may at their own initiative, or must at the written request of at least 100 employees, make arrangements for the establishment of European Works Councils or information and consultation procedures.
  • Specific rules of procedure apply the administration of Councils and the treatment of employee representatives who represent employees on a Negotiating Body.