What is a works council, what is a staff council?
Employees can elect a person or a group of persons from their company to represent their interests towards the employer. At private companies, this representation of employees is called the works council, and in the public sector the staff council.
In a company with a works council or staff council, employees have more rights and have more influence on decisions.
The law stipulates that a works council must be elected in all companies with 5 or more employees. The more employees a company has, the more people there are on the works council. Employees must become active themselves if they wish to establish a works council.
A staff council is elected in all agencies with 5 or more employees. The more employees there are, the more people are on the staff council. The rules that apply to a staff council are similar to those for a works council.