Social dialogue helps to improve risk anticipation and make work organisation more flexible. The EU Directive establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees (2002/14/EC) plays a key role in promoting social dialogue.
It sets minimum principles, definitions and arrangements for information and consultation of employees at the enterprise level within each country. Given the range of industrial relations practices across the Member States, they enjoy substantial flexibility in applying the Directive's key concepts (employees' representatives, employer, employees etc.) and implementing the arrangements for information and consultation. Management and labour play a key role in deciding those arrangements.
Information and consultation are required on:
To avoid undue burdens on small and medium-sized enterprises, the Directive applies only to undertakings employing at least 50 employees, or to establishments employing at least 20 employees, according to the choice made by the Member State.
Timely information and consultation are key to meeting the globalisation challenge through the development of new forms of work organisation.
The text of the Directive, working documents and a synthesis report are available.