The Position of Dutch Works Councils in Multinational Corporations

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What is the status quo of the position of Dutch works councils in multinational corporations, and which tools within the Dutch legal framework can be utilised in order to secure the successful involvement of the works council in the decision-making process in light of the increasingly globalised economy?
The findings of this book show that many participation rights are frequently used in practice, but not always. The inventory of good practices further revealed that a multitude of potential solutions are applied in practice. They show that, through negotiation and long-term experiences with participation mechanisms, tailor-made employee participation processes can be achieved.
Overall, the position of the examined Dutch works councils is solid. However, works councils, management and supervisory boards, and other stakeholders need to work on several aspects in order to improve the position of works councils and to safeguard their statutory rights – a theme that is emphasised throughout this study.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Grapperhaus, Ferdinand, Supervisor
  • Klosse, Saskia, Supervisor
Award date9 Apr 2018
Place of PublicationThe Hague
Print ISBNs9789462368484
Electronic ISBNs9789462748729
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Works councils
  • Employee participation
  • Multinational corporations
  • Corporate governance
  • Works Councils Act
  • Good practices
  • Information and consultation procedures
  • Employee board-level representation

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