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  • European Works Council

    The Tata Steel Europe European Works Council (EWC) was formed on 25 April 2000 as a result of the integration of the EWCs from British Steel and Koninklijke Hoogovens. It covers all Tata Steel Europe operations in the European Economic Area (EEA).

    The role of the Tata Steel EWC is to discuss issues of transnational interest that may significantly affect employees in at least 2 different EEA countries. Topics for discussion include the economic and financial performance of the Company, future business prospects, product market situations, broad strategy issues, investment decisions, headcount and employment issues, business reorganisations and matters such as health, safety and the environment, technology and research where these have a transnational impact.

    The EWC generally meets twice per annum but there are facilities to hold extraordinary meetings to discuss specific issues. The CEO or his representative chairs the meeting. Employee representatives from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden and Belgium meet with Senior Executives from Tata Steel Europe for presentations and discussion.

    The Company communicates a jointly agreed bulletin to all employees highlighting the key points of the meeting.

    Separate meetings take place with a smaller EWC Sub Committee every 2 months and a Health & Safety Committee that meet quarterly. There is a facility for cross border consultation meetings on specific business issues.

    The EWC is part of the Tata Steel information and consultation framework and does not replace consultation with employee representatives at country and site level.