We are a fully owned subsidiary of an EU company, employing approximately 260 and based in the Republic of Ireland. Do we need to have a works council – and how do we go about setting one up if it is a requirement?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 2 September 2014
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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Industrial relations in Ireland is essentially voluntary in nature and in general there is no obligation on employers to establish or recognise workers' councils. Whilst Ireland has no system of statutory works councils and work councils are relatively uncommon in Ireland, there are certain obligations to provide information to and consult with staff, as set out below. However, under EU law there are circumstances in which work councils must be established depending on the number of employees.

European Works Councils (EWC) must be established by a “Community-scale undertaking” which are companies that have:

(a) at least 1,000 plus employees throughout the European Economic Area (EEA);

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