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ETUC submission on Commission consultation on Transnational Company Agreements

(December 2012) The ETUC has submitted a position to the Commission consultation indicating what it considers to be most important issues. These include the role for the European Trade Union Federations such as EPSU as the legitimate partners for such agreements. It also calls for an optional framework for transnational company agreements that would allow some legal certainty. For the ETUC position: (EN FR DE) ETUC position on TCAs - EN ETUC position on TCAs - (...)

European trade union common opinion on implementing the new EWC directive

Procedure for Negotiations at Multinational Company Level

Adopted at the EPSU Executive Committee, 9 & 10 November 2009, Brussels The EPSU establishes the following procedure only for those cases where the EPSU is involved and where there is a clear intention and commitment of both parties to reach an agreement. This does not apply to the existing consultation processes already taking place at EPSU level. This procedure in fact only indicates structures and procedures to follow and does not point out what topics or content those negotiations (...)

EPSU Legal Fund for EWCs - Rules for its use

Approved by the EPSU Executive Committee 22-23 April 2008

EPSU Guidelines for the trade union role in European Companies (SE)

Adopted by the EPSU Executive Committee 20 & 21 November 2006

EC starts process of consultation on revision of EWCs Directive

(February 2004) The European Commission has started the process of consultation of the social partners (ETUC for the trade union side) on the revision of the European Works Councils Directive.

Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR - more than a public relations exercise? There is no commonly agreed definition of CSR but the European Commission has defined it as "a concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in their interaction with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis." The "voluntary" aspect of CSR causes trade unions concern. The ETUC and EPSU believe that social dialogue and legislation are also a part of CSR. As the ETUC says, CSR "must be (...)

EPSU European Works Council Coordinators Network

EPSU has established a network of trade union officers, representatives of EWCs and others that deal with EWCs (education, legal experts). These colleagues exchange information about recent developments and formulate policy where appropriate. The network has a protected area at its disposal based on the first class software developed with and for the European Trade Union College. EWC agreements to which EPSU and affiliated unions are party plus subsequent agreements are available on line (...)

EPSU RESOLUTION on European Works Council Coordinators Network

Considered at the EPSU EWC Coordinators Seminar 13 September 2001, Luxembourg Adopted at the Executive Committee meeting 28-29 November 2001 1. The EPSU policy statement: ’Public Service Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining in a European environment’ adopted by the EPSU General Assembly in Lisbon in 2000 commits EPSU to support existing European Works Councils (EWCs) and to develop new ones based on a sectoral approach. EPSU sees EWCs as part of an emerging European Industrial Relations (...)

EPSU RESOLUTION on the role of trade union coordinators in existing EWCs and the role of national organisations

Considered at the EPSU EWC Coordinators Seminar 13 September 2001, Luxembourg Adopted at the Executive Committee meeting 28-29 November 2001 1. EPSU Executive Committee adopted a policy paper on EPSU and European Works Councils (EWCs) in November 1995. Since then, the Standing Committees, most notably those on Local and Regional Government and Public Utilities have received regular information on the activities of Transnational companies (TNCs) in public services. The EPSU Secretariat has (...)

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