Identity-Building Processes in European Works Councils
4.2.5 The EWC and the steering committee: the protagonists in action
Given the much smaller gap in the number of members and frequency of meetings between the EWC and steering committee, drawing a distinction between these two bodies is not as important at Ford when compared with the other case study companies in this research. The EWC has a somewhat higher frequency of meetings than at other companies and the steering committee a much lower frequency. EWC meetings were described by our respondents as formal rituals, an opinion we also arrived at following our participant observation of these sessions. Each country reports on the employment situation at its operations, followed by a presentation of the general topic, and finally proposals are collected for the presentation at the next meeting. It is rare that a meeting has to deal with a pressing matter requiring decision. The frequency of meetings was only stepped up ← 134 | 135 → during the periods in which the European Framework Agreements were being negotiated.
One Belgian member said:
My problem is that the issues on the agenda are not the ones I’m interested in. I always make a clear distinction between the official part and the unofficial part. What takes place during the official part, okay. But when we have a meal in the evening, then quite different things come up, and people say things that don’t crop up in the official session, where you’re not really confident to express your feelings and what you really think about something because you don’t want...
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