The Works council was established in 1945 with the aim of involving the employees in the running of the company and establishing cooperation between employers and employees without undermining the authority of the entrepreneur, and thus increasing competiveness. The purpose of the works council was also to do away with the need for workers Unions, thus ensuring smoother communication.
The council promotes employment as well as important economic and social developments.
[...] Its is as involved in providing consultation in case of possible redundancies as it is in organizing a Christmas tree. The primary function of the body remains to ensure good communication within the company, as the diversity of activities it initiates facilitates the integration of employees in the company. Despite the important role they play in the company, the works councils are not yet a part of all businesses. They are often absent in small and medium enterprises. Their function [...]
[...] To summarize, it may be said that the works council has the power to finance almost any activity as long as it has a social or cultural context, or improves the conditions of work and employment. However the WC is prohibited from financing union meetings or political functions. In addition, the members of the WC are prohibited from participating in strikes in case of layoffs. The works council is the body which manages: The canteen. The medical department for laborers: The committee is consulted on the organization and management of medical services for the employees and must be consulted on the appointment or dismissal of the doctor. [...]
[...] works council is to provide a forum whereby the collective voice of employees can take be taken into account regarding ongoing decisions concerning the management, and financial and economic development of the business, and organization of work." This articles deals with the various functions of the works council has within the company. The role of the WC within the business remains primarily advisory, because it operates on a principle of non-participation and co-management. It allows the staff to participate actively in the life of the company. [...]
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