European Works Councils (EWC)

A European Works Council (EWC) is a legal consultative body based on the European Works Council Directive and established by multinational companies with operations in the European Economic Aria (EEA) to provide a means of communication and consultation between the company’s management and its employees in the various EEA countries in which it operates.

A European Works Council (EWC) is a consultative body that allows employees to be informed and consulted about the development of the company and its business strategy, as well as any decisions that may affect the employees. The value of an EWC is that it gives employees a voice and a means of participation in the decision-making process of the company, allowing them to express their views and concerns and to be informed about important changes within the company.

EWCs are established by an agreement between the company and the representatives of its employees and can help to promote better communication and understanding between management and employees.

Multinational companies need an EWC because it allows them to keep employees informed and consulted on decisions that may affect them, such as changes to working conditions, production, and employment levels. A EWC can contribute to a more positive and productive working environment. Additionally, it can help to promote good industrial relations and employee representation in multinational companies.

An EWC can help to promote a sense of shared ownership and commitment among employees, which can be beneficial for both the company and employees in the long term.

Overall, while European Works Councils can be beneficial for companies, they also come with several challenges that companies need to consider and address in order to make the most of this consultative body.

Challenges for the EWC as well as Challenges for the company.

Pemota Consultancy can help organizations to make the European Works Council more effective and ‘make the EWC work, always with the best interests in mind of both the company and the employees.