At the company level, works councils represent the interests of workers vis-à-vis their
A works council may be elected in all private companies employing at least five
people. The rights of the works council include the right to be informed, to be consulted, and to
participate in company decisions. Works councils often help labor and management to settle
problems before they become disputes and disrupt work. In addition, “co-determination” laws
give the workforce in medium-sized or large companies (corporations, limited liability
companies, partnerships limited by shares, co-operatives, and mutual insurance companies)
significant voting representation on the firms’ supervisory boards.
This co-determination in the
supervisory board extends to all company activities.