Your company is facing a crisis, the working conditions need improvement or you wish to improve the communication between staff and management? Then a works council helps, because it’s the democratically elected representation of you and your colleagues (“workers’ parliament”). Find out what a works council is good for.
By Rupay Dahm, specialist lawyer for labour law, Berlin
If you run a works council for the first time, the electoral regulations are challenging. Be sure to attend a proper training!
By the way: German employment law protects you against dismissal. Many companies appreciate works councils as a facilitator for communicating with the staff and to detect and solve problems or discontent at an early stage. However, some bosses fear their authority to be undermined and vehemently oppose the establishment of a works council. This is where the law is on your side: Hindering the establishment or election of works council is a crime!
You have legal protection against dismissal as soon as you
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