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European Works Councils

Updating author: Zuraida Curtis


  • Following the UK's exit from the EU, employee information and consultation rights under the European Works Councils (EWCs) provisions have changed. (See Overview)
  • UK law implementing the European Works Council Directive continues to have effect in relation to EWCs already established and/or requested prior to 1 January 2021, although with limited practical application. (See Brexit and European Works Councils)
  • Only undertakings with sufficient numbers of employees in each of two separate EEA member states are covered by the European Works Council Directive. (See Which undertakings are covered?)
  • Employees who are a member of, or a representative for, a pre-existing special negotiating body (SNB) or EWC continue to be protected against detrimental treatment and dismissal. (See Protection for representatives)
  • The Central Arbitration Committee determines issues relating to the establishment and operation of EWCs. (See Enforcement)