9) How does one set up an EWC?
Both the employer and the workers can take the initiative to set up an EWC. If it is the workers who decide to set one up, then no fewer than one hundred workers or their representatives in at least two companies or sites in minimum two Member States must submit a written request to that effect. The worker representatives can address the request directly to the company’s central management or submit it to their own management. In the latter case the request has to be passed on to the central management and the applicant must be kept abreast of developments.
In order to set up an EWC workers and employers have to conclude an EWC agreement. European worker representatives form Special Negotiating Body, the SNB. If an agreement is not reached within three years, or if the employer refuses to conduct negotiations, then an EWC comes about in accordance with the subsidiary requirements (8) set out in EWC law.
10) What is an SNB?
In order to set up an EWC workers and employers have to conclude an EWC agreement. European worker representatives form the Special Negotiating Body, the SNB. The SNB is composed according to the distribution key from the EWC law of the country that is applicable to the EWC (7).