Guide

Ask your employer to set up a European Works Council

Last updated: 7 March 2017

After you've made your request

After your request for a European Works Council (EWC) is accepted, your employer must set up a special negotiating body (SNB). The SNB will discuss how the EWC will be set up and run with the central management. The time limit for negotiations is 3 years.

The SNB must:

  • have at least one member from each of the countries where the business has a site
  • be set up within 6 months from when the request for an EWC was accepted

If there's an agreement

You'll get a written agreement for either:

  • an EWC
  • one or more alternative information and consultation arrangements

If an agreement isn't made

The SNB can only end negotiations or decide not to open negotiations after a ballot has been held and a two-thirds majority reached. You'll have to wait 2 years to make a new application.

Ask your employer to set up a European Works Council
After you've made your request