European Works Council
The European Works Council (EWC) is the representative body for Generali Group employees and currently consists of 44 delegates from 18 EU countries. Having been established in 1997 in accordance with EU Directive 94/45/EC, it was renewed for the fourth time in 2012 in line with EU Directive 2009/38/EC.
The current agreement governs the role and functioning of the EWC and aims to inform delegates of issues and projects regarding the group that affect workers and to facilitate company dialogue at international level.
To facilitate dialogue with the parent company in the agreed annual meetings, the EWC has appointed the Select Committee (eight representatives elected from among the EWC delegates) to act as its spokesperson.
MEMBER COUNTRIES OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE (SC)
Italy, France, Austria, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Other Countries* and Central and Eastern European Countries**
* Belgium, Great Britain, Greece, Netherlands, and Portugal.
**Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Croatia.
INITIATIVES FOR DIALOGUE
Each year, the SC meets three times and the EWC meets twice in plenary session (of which one is dedicated to training for delegates). The head of Human Resources and Organisation and the group head office’s “Relations with the EWC” function attend these meetings, and group management attends at least once.
In exceptional circumstances that have a significant bearing on the interests of workers in at least two countries, additional meetings are called to update and consult with the SC and the delegates of the relevant countries. In these cases, the parent company and the Select Committee work together to exchange information and advice. The Select Committee may provide non-binding decisions on measures and decisions taken by the group.
In 2011 we organised a training project for EWC delegates that was co-financed by the European Commission – Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
For the first time, the EWC decided to review its own organisation, how its members are appointed/elected and the relationship between workers’ representatives at local and international level.
This approach has enabled delegates to:
- perform their duties both at local and international leve
- build a shared pool of knowledge that can be used to effectively address cross-border issues.
Training of EWC delegates is governed by the current Agreement on the subject and takes place annually at the plenary meeting.