3.4. Legal framework on training of EWC
In order to perform their representation
role fully and to ensure that the European Works Council is useful, employees’
representatives must report to the employees whom they represent and must be able to receive the training they
As provided by art. 10 par. 4 of
directive 2009/38, in so far as this is necessary for the exercise of their
representative duties in an international environment, the members of the
special negotiating body and of the European Works Council shall be provided
with training without loss of wages.
According to the Directive, the central
management shall bear the costs of organization and interpretation of meetings,
and the costs of accommodation and travel of the European Works Council and its
select committee members.
Usually, the training of EWC members is regulated by the agreement on the establishment of the
In particular, the EWC agreements
provide for the right of delegates to receive training at individual, collective
or EWC level as well as abstaining from work to attend training courses.
In line with the EU directive, it is
also expected that the costs of training are borne by
the central management.
Usually the organization of the training
is a matter of the employee representatives that determine:
- the content of the training
- the organizational details of the courses (at the
individual, national, or EWC level).
Workers’ representatives also choose the
Training is a very important right
because it allows the EWC delegates to perform their duties with full awareness
of its role as ensuring the knowledge of the law and the applicable practices,
as well as the working methods for an effective and fruitful dialogue and
management of information flow.
Proper and continuous training of EWC
delegates also allows to achieve additional goals. In
fact, beyond the understanding of the role of the EWC member and representative
of workers, and the knowledge of the tools to carry out its functions, the
training is a useful and effective tool to develop strategies for a
transnational representation of workers, evaluating the best solution for the
EWC and to share experiences with other participants.