A group of employees representing a workforce in discussions with their employers.
- In the 1920s, employers referred to works councils and employee representation plans as industrial democracy, while unions saw them as little more than company unions.
- An alliance of works councils, unions and employee groups took the action to try and stymie cuts expected to claim between 10,000 and 13,000 jobs.
- The company is relying on the various trade unions and works councils to suppress opposition to the job cuts, which sparked protests in Germany and strikes in France in April.
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