What is the role of a works council in a reorganisation?

The works council has an important role in reorganisations. During reorganisations, the works council has the right to give advice regarding one or more parts of the reorganisation. For instance, the works council has to be asked for advice for drawing up a social plan in case of mass redundancy, even if the employer is conducting negotiations with the trade unions on this.

In some cases the works council has to be asked for consent, for instance with regard to adopting, modifying or withdrawing, among others, a remuneration or job evaluation system. This regards changes in policy and not specific measures however.

In order to perform your role as a works council properly, it is vital to get involved in a reorganisation as early as possible. Make sure to request information in good time and plan meetings with the director, if he or she doesn’t involve you in the reorganisation plans.