EU Sources - Formal employee representation and decision making - December 31, 2018

A new CESIFO working paper examines the involvement in decision making of works councils and unions, the quality of the information provided to them by management, the preparedness of the representation body and the role of the work climate and trust. Cross-country data are used to establish perceived shortfalls in employee involvement based on the responses of employee representatives in EU establishments with formal workplace employee representation. Findings include that the desire for greater involvement is smaller where workplace representation is organised via works councils instead of union bodies, a finding that also obtains across country clusters. However, the favourable influence of the works council institution, if not information provision, does not carry over to situations in which management is adjudged uncooperative and untrustworthy.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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