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Enterprise Committee to meet for engagement on the issue of European Works Councils with representatives from SIPTU and the Brussels European Employee Relations Group

21 Jun 2022, 17.17

The Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment will meet on Wednesday June 22nd for engagement on the issue of European Works Councils and related Irish legislation.

The meeting will take place in Committee Room 1 of Leinster House between 09:30-12:30.

Representatives from The Brussels European Employee Relations Group and Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) will address the meeting.

The Brussels European Employee Relations Group is a networking and information sharing organisation of major multinational companies, most of whom have European Works Councils, many now based in Ireland.

Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Maurice Quinlivan said: “A European Works Council (EWCs) is a body that facilitated facilitates information and consultation with European employees on transnational issues. EWCs are subject to the law of the Member State in which they are located.”

“Through them, workers are informed and consulted by management on the progress of the business and any significant decision at European level that could affect their employment or working conditions.”

“The impact of Brexit on EWCs based in the UK, deficiencies in current Irish legislation regarding EWCs and how these deficiencies can be corrected or improved upon and the impact on Irish employment law are among the issues we expect to discuss with representatives.”

Watch the meeting live here or on the Oireachtas smartphone app for Apple and Android. 

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