Participation in economic matters

General information

Information, intervention and consultation rights on economic affairs

Employers must inform the works council about the economic and financial status of the company and its projected development, the nature and degree of production volumes, order volume, sales by volume and by value, investment plans and other planned measures to increase the profitability of the company. At the request of the works council, it must be consulted regarding this information. The works council must be provided with the necessary documentation, where requested.

Participation with respect to changes in the company

Employers have an obligation to provide the works council with sufficiently complete information about any planned changes in the company in a timely manner so as to allow the works council to draw up an opinion and to allow consultations to be held on such changes between the employer and the works council.

Enterprises affected

Businesses with a works council

Legal bases

Sections 108 and 109 of the Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz (ArbVG)

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 24 February 2023

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy

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