EC set to impose works councils
Wednesday 07 April 1993
The realisation that John Major's opt-out from the treaty is seriously limited is likely to fuel calls from Conservative MPs to torpedo the treaty, with or without the Social Chapter. Gillian Shephard, Secretary of State for Employment, yesterday rejected an EC measure which would help workers in Europe to be better informed about decisions taken by multinational companies.
The European Works Council directive would set up consultative bodies for businesses that employ 1,000 employees in the EC, and at least 100 employees in two member states. The works councils would enforce consultation on issues that affect the workforce, though not pay.
According to a study by the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University, more than half the companies that would be affected are British - some 257 companies. But so intent are the other European countries on pursuing the matter that they are likely to go ahead with or without Britain once the Maastricht treaty is ratified.
The UK would have no vote on the issue, even though many British companies and those from overseas with operations in Britain would still be affected. This is because many of the transnationals have operations in two or more EC states apart from Britain.
One EC minister said Britain was talking tough on EC social affairs legislation, but was privately trying to get measures watered down so that as little as possible went through under the Maastricht rules.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
£32000 - £35000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Services Manage...
£10000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an outstanding opportunity for 1...
£15 per hour: Ashdown Group: IT Analyst / Helpdesk - 2 Month Contract - £15ph ...
£35000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This group is the world's secon...