Poland - Staff must be consulted says CJEU - September 30, 2017

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in a case of a Specialist Hospital that had notified its workers of a change in the calculations of a years of services award scheme without having consulted the employee representatives. The hospital considered that, in the light of the economic difficulties it faced, it had to make the proposed amendments. The national courts had decided to turn to the CJEU. In a landmark decision, the CJEU ruled that an employer is obliged, in line with the EU Directive 98/59 on collective redundancies, to consult with employee representatives when the employer intends, to unilaterally amend working conditions. The directive on collective redundancies provides employee representatives with information and consultation rights.

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