Works Councils in a nutshell
Helping companies make better decisions
The Dutch Works Councils Act
The Works Council and the management both have rights and obligations in their joint consultations. These are defined in the Dutch Works Councils Act. The Works Council officially influences the decision-making within the organisation by exercising its right to advise, endorse and submit proposals. The Works Council and the management can also implement mutually agreed procedures to support the consultation process.
In the Netherlands, any organisation that employs 50 or more people is legally obliged to install a Works Council. Once every three years the employees can elect colleagues to represent them on the Works Council. Any of the company's permanent workforce can stand for election. Members of the management are not allowed to take part in Works Council elections.