Labour, industrial relations and HRM specialists in Europe and elsewhere will watch with great interest the course of developments growing out of the pending EC directive on information and consultation rights of employees. Taken in conjunction with the European Works Council Directive and the European Company Statute, this directive tries to strengthen a growing spirit of cooperation between employees and employers.
Here now is a timely and detailed new book that sets the scene with in-depth analysis, legislative history, and documentation of the interwoven genesis of these three crucially important labour law initiatives and their impact on industrial relations and HRM.
Questions central to both the legislative debate and to this book include:
- How will the information and consultation rights be organised?
- What can be learned from the experience of the European Works Council Directive (1994), now that more than 600 EWCs have been established by agreements between management and labour?
- What is the role of trade unions and collective bargaining?
- What role can employees play in the exercise of managerial prerogative?
- What will be the impact on the employability of the employees?
In his analysis Professor Blanpain shows that European lawmakers are now answering these questions aiming at clarity and coherence. The definitions (especially in the European Company Statute) of such terms as "involvement", "consultation", "information", and "participation", are careful to leave the notion of managerial prerogative intact.
|Publisher:||Wolters Kluwer Law & Business|
|Series:||Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations Series Set Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
Part One: European Works Councils
I. The Genesis of the Directive – A Spirit of Cooperation
II. Objective and Scope of the Directive
III. Definitions and Notions
IV. Establishment of an EWC or a Procedure
V. Prejudicial and Confidential Information. Ideological Guidance
VI. Protection of Employees' Representatives
VII. Compliance with the Directive – Links – Final Provisions
VIII. Subsidiary Requirements: A Mandatory EWC
IX. Pre-existing Agreements in Force
X. The Importance of EWCs for European Industrial Relations
XI. Review of the Directive by the Commission 2. Legislation 3. Relevant Documents
Part Two: The European Company Statute
1. Analysis I. More than 30 Years of Discussion
II. Models of Participation
III. Board-level Participation Agreed at Aventis
IV. Nice Summit (7-10 December 2000): The Break Through
V. Adoption: 8 Ocotober 2001
3. Relevant Documents
Part Three: A General Framework for Informing and Consulting Employees in the European Community
I. Genesis of the Proposal
II. Object and Principles
V. Procedures for Information and Consultation
VI. Information and Consultation under an Agreement
VII. Confidential Information
VIII. Protection of Employees' Representatives
IX. Protection of Rights
X. Link between this Directive and other Community and National Provisions
XI. Political Agreement of June 2001