|Today, the LafargeHolcim SNB members - together with the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) and the EWC coordinators Tom Deleu, Belgium, Jean-Michel Gillet, France, and Rolf Beyeler, Switzerland – signed a new European Works Council agreement with LafargeHolcim, giving European workers a right to information and consultation on transnational matters, and establishing a framework for social dialogue between management and workers.
Sam Hägglund, General Secretary of the EFBWW says:“We are glad that after a long and intense process and thorough discussions we have come to a new EWC agreement that meets not only the needs of employees and trade unions, but also reflects the ambitions of LafargeHolcim. Being market leader also creates responsibilities for the social dialogue in this group. I do hope that we will also soon come to a similarly modern and balanced agreement at global level, leading to the establishment of a Global Works Council”.
Tom Deleu, International Secretary of Belgian ACV-CSC says: “The signature of the EWC agreement marks the end of a first, very important phase in building social relations at EU level within this new company. The agreement sets the framework in which the future social dialogue will take place. Now comes the next phase in which both parties will have to put flesh on the bones of the agreement. And for us it does not stop here. For the European trade unions within LafargeHolcim this agreement is a good basis to further develop a global social dialogue. LafargeHolcim is maybe one of the best examples of a truly global company, so we cannot be satisfied with a functioning social dialogue in Europe alone. The EWC will continue to be a motor for a global social dialogue. By the end of this year we hope to sign another agreement with the LafargeHolcim management to install also a Global Works Council”.
Rolf Beyeler, EWC-coordinator UNIA says: “The LafargeHolcim EWC agreement is the result of arduous and lengthy negotiations. It offers the best conditions for an active, eye-to-eye social dialogue. Let us hope that this social dialogue will be as fruitful as the negotiations for this agreement have been.”
Jean-Michel Gillet, Federal Secretary FNCB-CFDT says: "We have signed a good agreement, but a good agreement is only valid if it is applied and interpreted in a proper way in particular with regard to information and consultation. Considering the significant changes in the LafargeHolcim group, we will quickly be able to assess whether the EWC agreement will allow for an effective and constructive social dialogue between management and worker representatives. This is our sincere wish!”
LafargeHolcim has activities in 19 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) and the newly established EWC will represent more than 20 000 workers from all these countries.