Why EWC ?

 

The SNCF European Works Council (SNCF EWC) brings together employee representatives from European countries in which SNCF and its subsidiaries operate. It was set up in April 2012. 

The SNCF EWC consists of 28 representatives from 13 countries. Each country has a minimum of 150 SNCF employees, which entitles them to one representative. Countries with more than 1,000 SNCF employees have two representatives. But there are nine representatives for France, where 89% of SNCF employees work.

The SNCF group also has an EWC for each of its main subsidiaries, Kéolis and Géodis; however, the SNCF EWC has overall rights on cross-council matters. 

The SNCF EWC wants to work on matters in line with the European Transport Federation (ETF) and the International Transport Federation (ITF)[Primrose4] we have subsidiaries with transnational characteristics, including Captrain (rail freight), TGV, Eurostar and Thalys (train operators), OUI.sncf (online sales), Arep (project management), Systra (engineering), Eurailscout (track maintenance) and more. Transnationality is also the strategic decision of the SNCF group, which means all subsidiaries can participate. 

We continue to focus on training representatives, organising a global network, and setting up working groups for subsidiaries’ transnational matters.  We are analysing employment within the SNCF group, especially contracts that could be described as "unstable." We will link this matter to French law, Devoir de vigilance (Due diligence).

Our aim is to serve employees and their unions through joint, coordinated action in Europe and worldwide. We want to be the voice of workers' global solidarity for the respect of international law.

 

David GOBÉ

Secretary

What is an EWC ?

Defend the interests of workers in the SNCF group


28 members, 13 countries, 12 langages, 19 unions

FRANCE 9, SWEDEN 2, GERMANY 2, UK 2, BELGIUM 2, NETHERLANDS 2, DENMARK 2,  ITALY 2, SPAIN 1, ROMANIA 1, HUNGARY 1, POLAND 1, NORWAY 1

THE SNCF GROUP

  • 260 000 workers worldwide
  • 243 000 workers in Europe (of with 23% are women)
  • € 32.3 bn  incoming in 2018, 120 countries
  • 30 000 Km of railway in France (of which 2,100 Km form high-speed line)
  • 13.5 Millions of passagers a day worldwide, including 5 million on french trains


DIRECTIVE 2009/38/EU


Directive N ° 38 (2009) concerns the establishment of a European Works Council or a procedure in Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings for the purposes of informing and consulting employees. The law is transposed in each country of the European Union. The rights of the European Works Council relate to transnational mattersThe law determines a minimum requirement for the composition of the European Works Council and the special negotiating body.