Initiatives, events, restructurings, etc. Find out about the latest developments on democracy at work
Germany: Board-level representation under threat
Whereas in 2015 all 30 supervisory boards of DAX companies had employee representatives, in September a quarter of the future 40 DAX supervisory boards could be without employee representatives.
Germany adopts bill for mandatory quota for women on company boards
The German Bundesrat approved the bill on female representation in management roles. It requires firms with over 2,000 employees to have at least one woman and at least one man on their management boards if the body has more than three members.
The history of Democracy at Work in Germany and future perspectives
Alexander Hagelüken, editor-in-chief of the economy dossier of the German Süddeutsche Zeitung, lays out the evolution of Democracy at work and what we can expect in the future.
Discussions about Human Rights Due Diligence in North Rhine-Westphalia
Representatives from the European Commission, business, science and civil society discussed whether a European supply chain law would be more of an opportunity or ballast for Europe as a business location.
New webpage: Mitbestimmung sichert Zukunft
The Hans-Böckler Foundation and the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) have launched a new website on Democracy at Work.
European Commissioner Schmit calls for Democracy at Work
In an article for the Hans Böckler Foundation, Commissioner Schmit stated that we will not be able to master the restructuring of our economy without strengthening the right of workers to have a say.
26 May - UCL Conference on Democracy at Work
The Catholic University of Louvain is organising A Conference on Information and Democracy at Work.
2021 – the Year for More Democracy at Work
The year of Democracy at Work has now officially started. Please find below the actions until the end of June. We will keep you posted on this website with further updates and details.
Worker advocates call for more ‘democracy at work’ ahead of Porto Summit
Euractiv reporter Sarah Lawton has interviewed ETUC Confederal Secretary Isabelle Schömann and MEP Gaby Bischoff on democracy at work, the EU’s agenda, particularly at the upcoming Porto Social Summit.
Need for more ambitious reporting on sustainability
Last Wednesday, the European Commission published a proposal for a directive which would define new requirements on large European companies to report on environmental, social and governance matters.
IR Notes on EWCs and Due Diligence
The latest IR notes feature important news on Adecco's EWC case at the British CAC Court and the EP's resolution on corporate due diligence and corporate accountability.
Democracy at work to counterbalance short-term management decisions
Article in “Le Monde”: Three authors plead for a stronger presence of employees on boards of directors, in order to counter the short-termism of shareholders.
Brexit: Good news - EWCs must still be informed and consulted
Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) decides that EWCs must be informed & consulted in the event of national collective redundancies when at least two countries are concerned.
Pressure grows for EU law on global corporate accountability
Pressure is mounting on the EU to legislate to hold EU businesses accountable for violations of human rights and environmental standards across the world.
Call to action: Whistleblower protection across the EU
EUROCADRES organises a webinar about why the transposition of this EU Directive matters to you! Whistleblowing to protect journalists’ sources, workers’ rights, vulnerable communities during COVID-19 and the environment.
EWCs to get prepared for Brexit
At least 2,400 representatives of UK workers in EWCs and SEs are uncertain about their future. The impacts of Brexit on EWC need to be addressed now to anticipate and manage changes in a socially responsible manner.
Dossier on the transformation of work available
Social Europe & the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung project are running a project on the transformation of work, whose final dossier is now available for free download.
European Parliament takes up ETUC demands for a new framework on ICP
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on a strong social Europe for just transitions and took up the ETUC’s call on a new EU framework on information, consultation and board-level representation.
Mobilisation week - You've made it a real success!
Large participation, great coverage and to the point contributions: The ETUC/ETUF week of mobilisation for more democracy at work.
The European Week of Mobilisation for Democracy at Work
The ETUC and the European Trade Union Federations will run a week of mobilisation for More Democracy at Work from Monday 23 November to Friday 27 November.
Labour is not a commodity – Isabelle Schömann on Global Supply Chains
On 6 October ETUC Confederal Isabelle Schömann spoke about Global Supply Chains at an event organised by the German Presidency.
Petition "More Democracy at Work is a must!"
We need urgent actions while COVID-19 related massive restructurings are already taking place. The fundamental right of Democracy at work has to be enforced now more than ever. Sign the petition.
Outcomes of the video conference of ministers of employment and social policy
During yesterday’s Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO), EU ministers for employment and social affairs discussed worker participation and support for workers in restructuring.
Labour ministers must give workers a say over companies’ Covid restructuring
EU labour ministers meeting tomorrow are being urged to send a clear message to c
Recording on this year's EWC Conference online
Have you missed this year's EWC conference? Watch the recording of this year's EWC conference online.
Joint strategy for more democracy at work
The European Trade Union Federations (ETUFs) and the ETUC have initiated a joint strategy for More Democracy at Work. Workers’ interests must be heard at all times.
Statement on worker involvement in managing the Covid-19 crisis
The ETUC & European Trade Union Federations have sent their second letter to Commissioner Schmit. Find here our position on worker involvement in managing the Covid-19 crisis.