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Renault Works Council goes truly global

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29 April, 2015IndustriALL Global Union signs an amendment to strengthen the participation of workers’ representatives from outside Europe in the Renault Group Works Council and to establish a single status for all.

The Amendment was signed by union representatives from major Renault facilities in Europe, IndustriALL Global Union and Renault management. It is part of a process initiated several years ago to build social dialogue at global level and strengthen the role of workers’ representation within the Group.  

The agreement sets out the various configurations for the Group Council meetings. The World Works Council meets once a year for the purpose of interaction with top management on the situation and strategic issues of the Group as well as development prospects. It is composed of 40 titular members, 9 of whom are from outside the European Economic Area. For the first time this year India will have a seat on the Council. Morocco, where the company operates two plants with over 6,000 workers, will have two representatives.  

Jyrki Raina, IndustriALL’ s General Secretary, says:

“The creation of world works councils is one of the key priorities of IndustriALL Global Union and part of our Action Plan. Such councils already exist in a number of automotive companies. We welcome Renault’s commitment to go a step further in strengthening social dialogue worldwide."

In line with ILO Convention 135, the Amendment stipulates that the members of the Council enjoy protection status afforded to workers representatives in enterprises.

The World Works Council is also the body for the monitoring and follow-up of the global framework agreement that IndustriALL signed with Renault management in July 2013 and opens the way to other global agreements.