About the European Worker Participation Competence Centre (EWPCC)
In October 2008, the ETUC unanimously adopted a resolution to establish a European Worker Participation Fund (EWPF) – located within the ETUI – and setup the European Worker Participation Competence Centre (EWPCC) as part of the ETUI, to be financially supported by the transfer of (part of) the remuneration of workers' representatives on the supervisory and administrative boards of European Companies (SEs). The EWPCC coordinates and organizes activities to support and promote the representation of employees at different levels in multinational companies.
For the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the promotion of worker participation has always been one of the top priorities. At the Seville congress in 2007 “on the offensive” for social dialogue, collective bargaining and worker participation was confirmed as one of the spearheads for future initiatives. In accordance with this decision, in October 2008 the ETUC Executive Committee unanimously adopted a resolution to create the European Worker Participation Fund (EWPF).
The European Trade Unions paved the way, at their congresses in Stockholm 1988, Prague 2003 and Seville 2007, for the fostering of board-level workers' participation in Europe. At the meeting of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Executive Committee on 15/16 October 2008 it was decided that :
- The Fund will be located within the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).
- The financing of the Fund will be done by transferring part of the remuneration of workers representatives’ on the boards of European Companies (SEs).
- The responsibility for carrying out activities will lie with the newly created European Worker Participation Competence Centre (EWPCC).
- The resources of the EWPF must be used to support the workers’ representatives in the SE’s.
The work programme of the EWPCC can cover a wide range of activities, such as:
- The organization of seminars and training for employee board members, SE representative bodies and European Works Councils ;
- Advisory services ;
- Research and expertise on the practice and further development of worker participation ;
- Documentation and analysis of proven practices ;
- Publication of handbooks and other materials.
The EWPCC was set up as a transversal cluster, thus enabling it to use all available competences from the two ETUI departments Research and Education.