EWC and the crisis: new and old dilemma concerning worker participation
Department of Economics University of Parma Parma, Italy
The aim of this paper is to analyse the role played by EWC in dealing with the many problems of companies? restructuring. The focus of this analysis is on the national/European dimension of workers? representation within the EWC.
In order to develop this focus the paper will proceed from the main conclusions of a research conducted one year ago among the members of EWC in the engineering and chemical sector*.
The investigation upon the modes of operation of EWC allowed focusing on the loose interaction between the EWC and national trade unions. The research demonstrated that the EWC members did not find a way for transferring their information and corporate know how to their union officials. The consequence was that the national collective bargaining and the European representation proceeded along two parallel roads and did not enrich /influence each other even in case of corporate restructuring.
The difficult coexistence of national and supranational interests already present at the time of my research will now be explored by a second phase of interviews in order to understand how the crisis is influencing the worker participation in the European work councils.