Joint EU Trade Union statement toward the Council negotiation on the revision of the European Works Council Directive

Joint Trade unions statement EWC directive

(7 May 2024) As requested by the European Parliament, the European Commission tabled a proposal to revise the European Works Council Directive in January. On 3 April, the Parliament's Employment Committee adopted its draft report on the Commission's proposals by a large majority. The report will be referred to the newly elected parliament to vote on the trilogue mandate. The proposal is also being discussed in the Council.

Regrettably, the European employers' organisations do not seem to appreciate this democratic practice. There is no other way to understand the public statement published on 22 March by Business Europe, Hotrec, EuroCommerce, European Banking Federation, ECEG and CEEMET and sent to the Employment Committee of the European Parliament and the Council. The cross-sectoral and sectoral employers’ organisations stressed several issues in a manner which demonstrates both a lack of understanding of the letter and spirit of the EWC Directive and a lack of effort to support policy-making based on evidence as called for in the La Hulpe Declaration.

In response to this letter, the European trade union federations and the ETUC have published a joint statement highlighting the ways in which the proposal of the Commission is based on facts and calling on the Council not to be blinded by false arguments. It is time to ensure that European Works Councils are given sufficient and enforceable rights and have the necessary resources to exercise them.

Read the joint trade union statement here

Read the letter of the employers organisations here