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Employee Involvement - Transnational Company Agreements

Transnational Company Agreements

Transnational company agreements are concluded by one or more representatives of a company or a group of companies on the one hand, and one or more workers’ organisations on the other. They cover working and employment conditions and/or relations between employers and workers or their representatives.

Indeed, the internationalisation of company organisation, mergers and take-overs, the emergence of European companies, the increasing mobility of the factors of production and the ever more transnational scale of restructuring operations bring with them a growing need for transnational negotiation within firms.

Against the backdrop of new approaches to dialogue and corporate social responsibility, companies and workers’ representatives have begun agreeing texts in various forms, drawn up jointly for application in more than one Member State.

These initiatives help to anticipate cross-border employment developments, launch flanking measures for restructuring and manage human resources in transnational companies.

However, the rapid development of transnational negotiations since 2000 already concerned over 10 million workers worldwide in 2012, raising some fundamental practical, legal and political questions for the social actors and the European Union. These issues relate to the discrepancy between the transnational scope of the texts concluded and national norms and references.

The EU supports the development of transnational company agreements through exchanges of experience, financial support, monitoring and studies. An expert group has been set up by the Commission with that aim.

Various reports and studies are available.

Reports

Expert Group on transnational company agreements:
Results and follow-up

Expert Group on transnational company agreements:
Sixth meeting of the Expert Group on 11 October 2011

Expert Group on transnational company agreements:
Fifth meeting of the Expert Group on 3 May 2011

Expert Group on transnational company agreements:
Fourth meeting of the Expert Group on 26 October 2010

Expert Group on transnational company agreements:
Third meeting of the Expert Group on 7 May 2010

Expert Group on transnational company agreements:
Second meeting of the Expert Group on 27 November 2009

Expert Group on transnational company agreements:
First meeting of the Expert Group on 14 May 2009

Conference on 13 and 14 November 2008

Seminar - Study Seminar on 27 November 2006

Seminar - Study Seminar on 17 May 2006

Studies

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