No equal access to democracy at work

The collective representation of employees is a corner stone of democracy at work. Where workers’ voice is expressed collectively, the range of their interests can be more effectively aggregated, balanced, and defended. Furthermore, collective forms of representation also serve to shield individuals from possible retaliation for having expressed their concerns or grievances in the first place.

A comparison across EU Member States demonstrates that access to democracy at work is unequally distributed, both within and between countries. In other words, although workers’ rights to information, consultation and participation are fundamental rights in the EU, in reality, these rights are far from being universally implemented.

more information in Benchmarking Working Europe 2019 - Chapter 4 Democracy at work