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In this episode, Jasper Hoffstedde and Dennis Veldhuizen shed
light on the works council’s purpose and added value in the
decision-making process. For U.S.-based listeners, Dennis’
quick side-by-side comparison of union vs works council rights may
be of interest. Furthermore, all of the basics are explained:
- When and how to set up a works council
- When to actually involve the works council
- Who should serve as point of contact to the works council
What is a works council?
A works council is an independent participation and
co-determination body within the employer’s organization, meant
to keep both the employer’s and employees’ interests in
check. Companies that generally employ 50 people or more are
obliged to install a works council. At the same time, many
companies do not comply with this obligation out of a perceived
fear of losing the ability to make swift business decisions. As
discussed here, the opposite is mostly true, and, more importantly,
failing to set up a works council where there is a legal obligation
to do so may have even further-reaching consequences in frustrating
the decision-making process.
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