1. Types of Representations
There are two types of employees’ representation: Individual delegates and works Councils. Individual delegates represent workers in companies or worksites having up to fifty (50) workers. Where the company or the worksite has more than fifty (50) workers, workers will appoint a works council formed by the following number of members.
2. Number of Representatives
- 50 to100 workers: 5 members
- 101 to 250 workers: 9 members
- 251 to 500 workers: 13 members
- 501 to 750 workers: 17 members
- 751 to 1000 workers: 21 members
- More than 1.000 workers: 2 members for every 1000 workers up to 75 members.
3. Nomination of Representatives
The workers choose representatives when elections are called. The vote is free and secret.
4. Tasks and Obligations of Representatives
Works councils and delegates are entitled to preside and convoke assemblies, take legal and administrative action and raise legal disputes. They are also entitled to overview and control the company’s fulfilment of its obligations regarding safety and security any other regulations in force.
Works councils and delegates are entitled to receive information on the company’s performance, the market and particularly on employment. They are entitled to consultation in situations affecting a number of employees exceeding the thresholds.
5. Employee Representation in Management
Due to the principle of mutual trust between the employer and senior executives, the latter cannot be eligible nor participate as electors in the employees’ representation.