Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Act 1996

Establishment of Special Negotiating Body.

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10. (1) In order to facilitate the information and consultation of employees in Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings, the central management may on its own initiative, or shall at the written request of at least a total of 100 employees or their representatives spread over at least two undertakings or establishments one or more of which are in one Member State and the other or others of which are in at least one other Member State, establish a Special Negotiating Body to negotiate with the central management for the establishment of a European Employees’ Forum or an information and consultation procedure.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), “ representatives” includes those employees’ representatives already recognised by the undertaking or group of undertakings for collective bargaining or information and consultation purposes.

(3) (a) A request by employees for the establishment of a Special Negotiating Body shall be addressed to the central management but may be lodged with the local management where the identity or location of the central management is not readily discernible to the employees or their representatives making the request.

( b) Where the request is lodged with the local management, the local management shall ensure that the request is passed on to the central management within a period of 15 working days from its receipt.

( c) Any avoidable or unreasonable delay after that period in the transmission of the request to the central management shall not of itself extend the six month period referred to in section 13 (1) (b) .

(4) A Special Negotiating Body shall be established in accordance with the following:

F21 [ F22 [ ( a ) the members of the Special Negotiating Body shall be elected or appointed in proportion to the number of employees employed in each Member State by the Community-scale undertaking or Community-scale group of undertakings concerned, by allocating in respect of each Member State, one seat per portion of employees employed in that Member State amounting to 10 per cent, or a fraction thereof, of the number of employees employed in all the Member States taken together; ] ]

F23 [ ( aa ) employees in undertakings or establishments (or both) in which, through no fault of the employees, there are no employees representatives, shall have the right to elect or appoint members of the Special Negotiating Body; ]

( b) F24 [ ]

( c) F24 [ ]

( d) employees’ representatives from countries that are not within the Community may be permitted to participate in the meetings and activities of the Body but shall not be entitled to a vote.

F22 [ (5) The Special Negotiating Body shall, by notice in writing, as soon as practicable after the election or appointment of its members, inform the central management and local management of its composition and of the start of the negotiations. ]

F23 [ (6) The Special Negotiating Body shall, by notice in writing, as soon as practicable after the election or appointment of its members, inform the competent European employees and employers organisations of its composition and of the start of the negotiations, unless an alternative procedure is agreed with the central management. ]

Annotations:

Amendments:

F21

Substituted (16.08.2007) by European Communities (Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Act 1996) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 599 of 2007), reg. 2. These regulations were revoked (13.07.2011) by European Communities (Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Act 1996) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 380 of 2011), reg. 20(b).

F22

Substituted (13.07.2011) by European Communities (Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Act 1996) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 380 of 2011), reg. 9(a) and (d).

F23

Inserted (13.07.2011) by European Communities (Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Act 1996) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 380 of 2011), reg. 9(b) and (d).

F24

Deleted (13.07.2011) by European Communities (Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Act 1996) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 380 of 2011), reg. 9(c).

Editorial Notes:

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Previous affecting provision: subs. (4)(a) amended (15.12.1999) by European Communities (Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Act, 1996) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I. No. 386 of 1999), reg. 4, commenced as per reg. 1(2). These regulations were revoked (13.07.2010) by European Communities (Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Act 1996) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 380 of 2011), reg. 20(a).