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On occasion of the annual ETUC EWC Conference, EFFAT joined the other trade union federations and the ETUC demanding more democracy at work for a sustainable and more balanced corporate government.

Different organisations signed a statement calling for new EU initiatives and:

  • stronger European Works Councils
  • strengthened rights for workers to be informed and consulted about major change within their company/workplace
  • workers’ representation at board levels
  • diversity and gender balance on company boards

Enrico Somaglia, EFFAT Deputy Secretary General, took part in the conference saying: ’Workers and their representatives need to be able to use their intelligence and experience to contribute in the definition of the strategic decisions of the company. Strengthening democracy at work also means enhancing mutual respect and understanding it while making workplaces more inclusive’ – and added: ‘It’s a win-win exercise that fosters democracy of our society at large, and allows us to build EU from below’.

EFFAT was represented at the event by Sebastian Serena (FICA UGT, Spain) talking about the role of EWCs and trade unions in shaping digital disruption and Federica Gandini from (FLAI-CGIL, Italy) sharing the experience of Barilla EWC dealing with SDGs and tackling the challenge of climate change.

The Conference was attended by 200 representatives from 100 European Works Councils in 18 European countries.

Joint Statement