The EWC agreed with management minimum standards that apply in the case of restructuring. The agreement has to be seen in the light of corporate social responsibility of the company. The agreement defines what restructuring is. It includes outsourcing of important parts of the company (for example in the case of networks (unbundling). The main point is that the company has to inform and discuss with works councils and trade unions before decisions are taken. Dismissals should be prevented. When developing social plans early retirement, part-time work for elderly workers, voluntary severance pay, part-time work, outplacement, qualification/ training and mobility should be considered. For a copy of the agreement, please contact [email protected] (Available in German, Slovak, Czech, Hungarian and Polish).