EON SE: commentary of the agreement on employee participation in the new European company

On October 16, 2012, EON SE signed the agreement on employee participation.  On November 15, 2012, the company officially became a European company and the SE’s EWC met for the first time in January 2013.  Planet Labor managed to get a copy of the agreement and is giving you a commentary, livened up by explanations from Pierre Caselles, French representative in the SNB and elected member of the SE’s new EWC, who accepted to answer our questions.  (Ref.  130388)

Through . Published on 12 June 2013 à 11h54 - Update on 12 June 2013 à 11h54

On May 3, 2012, the annual shareholders’ meeting of the largest energy producer in Germany adopted the transformation of the legal status of the company.  Indeed, EON went from a German limited company (Aktiengesellschaft) to a European company (SE).  After this decision, a Special Negotiating Body (SNB) was set up to negotiate with the management about the structures and modalities of employee representation in the future SE.  Less than 6 months later (October 16, 2012), the agreement was signed.

Why change?  The group employs nearly 88,000 people in about 30 countries – 19 in the European Economic Area (EEA) – and used to have a EWC.  In the preamble, the management and SNB explained that they wanted to adopt the new status because they were convinced that “the company’s economic success was tightly linked with employee satisfaction,” and therefore “intensive dialogue between the management,…

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