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Mise à jour: La représentation des travailleurs en Europe (traduction française)

The French translation of the country reports on worker representation in Europe is now online. The German version will follow soon. more

Updated collections of national industrial relations links

Thanks to our SEEurope-country correspondents, we have also been able to update the collections of industrial relations links. They contain numerous links to national trade union and employer organisations, as well as government websites and other useful online resources (see bottom of country sections). more

New country reports: Health and safety representation of workers in Europe

EU legislation means that in all EU states there are structures providing employee representation in the area of health and safety. However, there are differences in how this representation is organised. A combination of employee health and safety representatives with their own powers and a joint employee/employer committee is the structure used most frequently, but other states only have joint committees, some only have employee representatives, while in others the existing works council plays the key role. The way employee health and safety representatives are chosen also varies and there are also variations in the thresholds for choosing representatives and setting up committees as well as in their powers.The new reports available on worker-participation.eu provide an overview for each member state and include a comparative overview. The reports are also available in French and German. more

News on European Companies – 1865 SEs registered across the EU

The July 2013 edition of the SE News provides the latest data available from the ETUI's European Company (SE) Database. As of 1 July a total of 1,865 SEs were registered in 25 countries of the European Economic Area (EEA), an increase of nearly 100 SEs in the past three months. Recently, several companies have completed their negotiations on employee involvement, among them the three Germany-based companies TRIMET Aluminium SE, TRIMET SE and AL-KO KOBER SE, as well as Valneva SE, with its head office in France. more

In focus: SE dynamics over time

The SE had a relatively slow take-off during the first years following the entry into force of the SE legislation in October 2004. There were two reasons at the beginning: there was a certain reluctance towards a completely new company form and implementation of the SE Directive in a number of Member States was delayed. In 2008, the number of new SE registrations doubled from 88 (2007) to 174 new SEs. In the following two years the acceleration halted again. However, in 2011 the number of SE registrations rose again sharply, with 362 newly set-up SEs (compared to 211 new SEs in 2010). In 2012, another peak was seen, with 569 SEs registered. This ‘SE boom’ can largely be attributed to developments in a single country. more

Update: Country reports on worker representation in Europe

Lionel Fulton (Labour Research Department, UK) has updated for our website the country reports on worker representation in Europe.The reports provide key information on trade unions, collective bargaining, workplace representation, board-level representation and European structures of interest representation. The update will soon also be available in DE and FR language. The reports have been produced with the assistance of the SEEurope Network. more

Implication des travailleurs dans la Société européenne (SE) - Guide pour les acteurs de terrain

En octobre 2001, l’UE a officiellement adopté la législation sur la Société européenne, également connue sous son nom latin Societas Europaea (SE).Ce guide vise à garantir que les opportunités offertes par la législation sur la SE soient exploitées. Il a d’abord et avant tout été conçu pour aider les acteurs de terrain à préparer et à conduire les négociations portant sur les accords relatifs à l’implication des travailleurs dans les SE. Il présente la SE et le mécanisme de l’implication des travailleurs. Il explique les procédures de négociation et livre des astuces et bonnes pratiques en vue d’une préparation efficace des négociations. S’appuyant sur l’expérience de plusieurs experts, il dresse un panorama des principaux aspects d’un accord constitutif d’une SE et propose un grand nombre de synthèses, graphiques et tableaux comparatifs. Also available in English and German. more

worker-participation.eu - News Bulletin

The new issue of the ETUI's Worker-Participation.eu News Bulletin is now online. In the editorial, Aline Hoffmann writes about "Completing the Jigsaw Puzzle of Workers’ Participation". The complex processes and structures that underpin workers’ participation have been likened to a jigsaw puzzle that is gradually being pieced together in companies across Europe. One part of this still unfinished jigsaw puzzle concerns the need to embed workers’ participation at the European level into information, consultation and negotiation processes at the local and/or national level. Another part of the jigsaw puzzle concerns the potential to establish connections between board-level employee representation on the one hand, and information and consultation on transnational issues which takes place within SE-Works Councils and European Works Councils on the other. more

Benchmarking Working Europe 2013

Widening economic and social gaps among EU member states, as well as among different groups and categories of citizens within society, are not only placing in jeopardy the future of Social Europe but threatening to undermine also the whole project of European integration. The post-2008 recession and debt crisis, helped along by EU leaders’ obstinate clinging to the failing remedies of fiscal austerity, have accelerated the disenchantment of millions of European citizens with the half-century-old project to build and consolidate a European Union. This is one of the most striking conclusions of the ETUI’s Benchmarking Working Europe report for 2013. Chapter 6 is devoted to workers’ rights, worker mobilisation and workers’ voice. more

A decade of experience with the European Company

This publication of the SEEurope Network provides a comprehensive overview of the legislation on the European company (SE – Societas Europaea) and its history and development. It assesses the overall significance and impact of the SE on the business sector and on worker involvement in Europe and provides an outlook for the future of the SE. The publication also makes specific recommendations for policymakers regarding the future revision of the SE legislation specifically as well as European company law and corporate governance generally. more

European company law and the Sustainable Company: a stakeholder approach. Vol. II

In this book, members of the GOODCORP network of researchers and trade unionists present their proposals for European company law which would encourage companies to follow sustainable, stakeholder-oriented strategies. Key proposals include: revising our understanding of the firm and its key stakeholders; strengthening stakeholder ‘voice’ in companies; increasing the transparency of companies through binding requirements for social and environmental reporting; and negotiating employee-friendly agreements with investors through collective bargaining. more

Non-financial reporting beyond the strict minimum: is the workforce a well-informed stakeholder?

This working paper by Jan Cremers of the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Labour Studies summarises the results of an inquiry by the SEEurope network on the current legal framework and practices in 28 European countries regarding non-financial and sustainability-related reporting by European companies and the role and involvement of trade union representatives in this form of reporting. more

News on European Companies

The dynamic of establishment of SEs speeded up a bit in the last quarter of 2012 and therefore 2013 started with 1,601 registered SEs (175 more than at the time of our previous SE News, 1 October 2012) in the ETUI’s European Company Database (ECDB). As usual, by far the most companies were registered in the Czech Republic and a few more in Germany, Slovakia, France, Denmark and Cyprus. more

The SE Facts and Figures slides have been updated as well in lign with the latest SE data.

In focus – cross-border mobility of SEs

The idea of the SE is to provide a company with a large degree of flexibility and mobility within the European internal market. For this reason, the SE can transfer its seat to a different EEA member state. This transfer of seat does not result in the winding up of the SE nor in the creation of a new legal entity (SE Regulation, Art. 8). In the meantime, 67 SEs have moved their seat into another country. At least 21 belong to the group of normal SEs. To date, no case is known in which the transfer of seat has resulted in a reduction or withholding of participation rights. more