The new group agreement was concluded by Norsk Hydro ASA and replaces the previous EWC contracts that had been concluded by Hydro Aluminum AS.
The EU directive on European works councils was created at the time to regulate cooperation and information between employers and employee representatives.
Among other things, the EWC agreement forms the basis for the annual meeting of the group management with representatives of the employees. About 30 representatives of employees from all over Europe take part in this meeting, which is led by CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg, including representatives of the large unions in Norway and Germany.
The information that will be exchanged at the meeting should deal with the overarching plans and priorities in the group and in the individual business areas.
This is an important meeting point for Hydro, where many representatives of employees in Europe are given the opportunity to address their questions directly to the group management.
Hydros business areas Primary Metal, Rolled Products and Extruded Products have made their own regional agreements with the representatives of their employees in order to continue the tradition in the business area with information meetings in so-called local communication bodies. These regional agreements were an important step on the way to a group agreement on the European works council.