European Works Councils

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End production: 12/02/2013   First transmission: 12/02/2013
Demand for steel in Europe dropped by a further 8-9 per cent in 2012 and is now 29 per cent below pre-crisis levels. In this downturn, world's largest steelmaker Arcelor Mittal is closing a coke plant and six production lines in Belgium hitting 1,300 jobs. A High-level Roundtable on the future of the European steel industry has been convened by Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, and László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, in order to discuss measures to help the industry survive the current crisis, to keep production capacity and employment in the EU as far as possible and to issue concrete recommendations to maintain its competitiveness.

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00:00:00 Images of business, factories, people commuting… COMMENTARY New markets, global supply chains, restructuring, relocation, outsourcing… Internationalisation has considerably enriched our economic vocabulary over the past few decades, with practical consequences for employment and working conditions. Be they French, Spanish, Slovene, or Danish, today, Europeans often work for a company whose strategic decision-making centre is in another country in Europe or beyond. In view of this, how is it possible to maintain social dialogue? How can we ensure that the fundamental right of employees to be informed and consulted within the company is respected? 00:00:44
00:00:44 INTW Jacques Laplanche - Secretary European Works Council - ArcelorMittal France It is important for both parts to have a satisfactory social dialogue. Today, the way companies develop, with growing globalisation, they need to exchange constantly. 00:00:14
00:00:58 INTW Roger Hutmacher – Operator - ArcelorMittal Luxembourg First I want to get information and then the opportunity to express myself. That’s why we need a tool where all the partners can discuss problems and find a solution. 00:00:15
00:01:13 COMMENTARY One part of the answer is the European Works Council. 00:00:15
00:01:28 When a company like this one is established in several countries of the European Union, the European Works Council represents all the European employees of the company in meetings with central management. 00:00:11
00:01:39 INTW Andrzej Grabski - Operator - ArcelorMittal Poland We have nine representatives in the European Works Council and they express our need. This is visible. We can feel that they think about us and we have regular contact with them. 00:00:21
00:02:00 INTW Andres Wypych - Human Resources Director - ArcelorMittal Poland This mutual consultation helps us to make better decisions. Each different opinion obliges us to think and make better decisions. Images of Arcelor Mittal 00:00:20
00:02:20 European Works Councils: What is their mission? COMMENTARY The form and mode of operation of the Councils is negotiated within each company. There are different ways to operate. But all councils share a common framework. - Composition : They include at least one representative from each EU country where the company is active. - Mission : They represent European employees in exchanges with top management and transfer information to employees. - Scope : They deal with all questions that concern the company as a whole or involve at least two Member States. 00:00:35
00:02:55 KEY WORDS: Strategy–Restructuring – Market – Organisation – Health - Employment 00:00:11
00:03:06 INTW Rolf Schlue - Corporate Vice President Human Resources - Henkel AG, Germany The main benefit for us is to involve people of our staff very early in all the measures we are taking. We discuss business issues, we discuss restructuring issues, we talk about sustainability, social engagement and of course if there is a closure of a plant for instance, this will be discussed as well. 00:00:24
00:03:30 European Works Councils - For which companies? Images of meeting, stock exchange, offices, laboratories COMMENTARY In any company employing over a thousand employees in at least two countries of the European Union, the creation of a European Works Council is a right promulgated by a European Directive. 00:00:15
00:03:45 INTW Peter Scherrer - General Secretary - European Metalworkers' Federation We have a good instrument to defend the interest of the workers in companies. So workers have to be aware. It’s not all done on the local level. Some of the good things are done on the European level. 00:00:12
00:03:57 INTW Hugues Fauville - Employee Relations Europe Manager - ArcelorMittal Luxembourg Above all, it's an opportunity for exchange on the highest level between management and union leaders. It's also a vital factor in the social dialogue. 00:00:15
00:04:12 European map. COMMENTARY To create a European Works Council, all it requires is that 100 employees from 2 countries make a request. This is true even if the company’s head office is outside of the European Union. 00:00:14
00:04:26 European Works Councils - How do they work? Images of European Works Council COMMENTARY The way the Council works is adapted to the situation of each company. On average, it meets twice a year, more in case of exceptional circumstances. Within the company, a European Works Council is building social Europe. 00:00:15
00:04:41 INTW Winfried Zander - President European Works Council - Henkel AG, Germany This European working group gives us a strengthened feeling of unity. We still have different legislation, different cultures. These meetings help us to understand each other and the different cultures. At the end, this gives us power. 00:00:19
00:05:00 INTW Jacques Laplanche - Secretary European Works Council - ArcelorMittal France Everyone believes that everything is ok in his own country. But we realise that we can learn from one another. 00:00:07
00:05:07 European Works Councils - Why a new Directive? Images of ArcelorMittal. Metal in fire. 00:00:06
00:05:13 COMMENTARY Today, almost a thousand of these Councils represent over 16 million European employees. That is barely half of what is possible. To accelerate the creation of the European Works Councils and develop their role, the European legislation has been reviewed. Its main focus is to ensure the effective informing of and consultation with the employees. Images of the European Commission, journalists, vote. 00:00:21
00:05:34 INTW Cristina Arigho – Spokesperson of the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion - European Commission The workers have a right now, the right to information, the right to consultation, the right to have representatives for you in the workplace. And this has become a European fundamental right now. I think this helps strengthen the social dialogue across Europe. 00:00:20
00:05:54 COMMENTARY The objective of the new European Directive is to increase the number of European Works Councils and reinforce the involvement of employees in the development of their company. Images of ArcelorMittal workers. 00:00:21
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