The flexible works council

Many works councils are confronted by a lack of time and of suitable candidates. This has a detrimental effect on codetermination.

According to Winfried Bouts and Paul Becht, it is high time that something was done about it. They argue for a works council with a small management committeeconsisting of a small board coordinating the temporary contributions of the members of an organisationwide codetermination network, with additional support from a variable number of works council members. This will enable the best expertise available in the company to be consulted for each subject.