This request follows a long-standing but disregarded demand of the ETUC to the European Commission to protect and strengthen workers’ participation rights in Europe. European laws such as the Company law package and European legal forms such as the Societas Europaea (SE) are increasingly being misused by businesses to undermine national rules on workers’ participation. Not addressing the obvious problems leads to mistrust in the EU and undermines workers’ rights.
“The shortcomings of the European Works Council Directive current directive have been known for a long time” added Isabelle Schömann. “It is high time to start its revision. The ETUC calls on the Commission to act accordingly. Especially in times of the green and digital transition, every day without a revision means that workers cannot exercise their full rights to genuine information, consultation and participation to shape fair and sustainable transformation at work.”
The ETUC calls on all Members of European Parliament to support the adopted initiative report at the final vote in Strasbourg in December and on the Commission to act now to strengthen workers’ participation rights in Europe.
Check the ETUC dedicated web page at www.democracyatwork.eu