European Works Council
The European Works Council (EWC) is the representative body for Generali Group employees and currently consists of 42 delegates from 17 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.
To ensure a continuous dialogue between the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, EWC select committee and the Group, a specific function called EWC relations & Labour Network was set up at the Group Head Office. This continual dialogue takes place, for example, when the function sends Policies and Guidelines issued by the Group Internal Regulation System to inform and keep the EWC up to date on specific issues of interest to employees.
MEMBER COUNTRIES OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE (SC)
Italy, France, Austria, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Other Countries* and Central and Eastern European Countries**
* Great Britain, Greece, Portugal.
**Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Croatia.
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 "EWC Relation & Labour Network" function attend these meetings, and group management attends at least once. In 2018 there were nine meetings between the EWC and the Parent Company held over a total of 19 days.
The Parent Company sets the agenda of the meetings in agreement with the Secretary of the EWC, who may also propose other topics for discussion during the meetings. Part of the agenda always includes updates on some specific issues, such as those related to human resources, of particular interest to the EWC.
The Group also shares strategic issues with the EWC such as new types of work organisation due to the technological and digital transformation in progress. In this regard, a joint declaration on telework was signed in 2017.
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.
During the Plenary session dedicated to training for the EWC delegates, specific topics regarding the functioning of their representative office are deepened. This approach allows delegates to consolidate their shared pool of knowledge to effectively address cross-border issues.