EMF Guidelines on the SE and Checklist
The European Metalworkers' Federation (EMF) has adopted in March 2003 guidelines on the European Company (SE). In November 2004, EMF presented a check-list for an Agreement on workers' involvement in SE-companies (WISE). Available in EN, DE and FR.
In its guidelines, the EMF makes a clear statement in favour of board-level representation in the SE. It stresses the importance of making the best use of the negotiation period in order to reach an acceptable agreement on information, consultation and (board-level) participation. Within these negotiations, the Special Negotiating Body should always try to achieve the highest possible level of participation. After having been appointed, the employee representatives on the SE board will not have a national but a European mandate. The EMF should be consulted and involved in the different stages of the procedure and will appoint a trade union coordinator as a point of contact between the SE and the EMF.