Strengthened relations between Capio and European trade unions through new European Works Council agreement
Dec 14, 2012
During Capio's eight European Works Council
Meeting in Paris, on 29-30 November 2012, a new European Works
Council agreement, in accordance with the new EU directive
2009/38/EG, was signed. The new agreement offers, among many other
improvements, stronger definitions of information and
The aim of the agreement is that communication in the Capio
Group should be open, multidirectional and based on mutual respect.
The agreement should be seen as an opportunity to increase
understanding of the business, units and markets within the Group.
It will contribute to a transfer of knowledge, development of the
corporate culture and creating a learning organisation.
Changes to the new European Works Council agreement include:
• Improved and distinct processes for information and
• Broader definition of transnational issues - relevant to more
than two member countries.
• Revised composition of the Capio European Works Council -
resulting in an increased number of employee representatives
• Improvements concerning time, resources and visiting rights for
"Good co-operation between Capio's management and its employees,
represented by European trade unions, is a very important part of
the openness and transparency in communication that we are aiming
for at all levels throughout Capio. The new agreement provides a
strengthened platform for continued exchange of knowledge and ideas
at a European level", says Thomas Berglund, CEO of Capio.
"We are very pleased with the outcome of the new EWC agreement
which offers improved opportunities for the work of the European
Works Council and the Capio employees it represents. With the
improved definitions of information and consultation, we can now
increase the level of transparency within the company and give the
employee representatives the possibility to influence some of the
decisions," says Kevin Thompson, of the Swedish Municipal Workers'
Union and employee chairperson.
Additional topics presented for discussion by representatives of
the Capio Group and Capio business areas were:
• Capio Group and Business Area updates
• An introduction to the acquisition of Carema Healthcare in
• Capio and the way ahead 2013-2015
The new Capio Works Council agreement follows the new European
Works Council Directive, the intention of which is to increase
dialogue between management and employees at all levels in the
company. The directive is applicable to companies with at least
1,000 employees within the EU, and at least 150 employees in each
of two EU member states. Capio is one of few healthcare companies
that have taken the initiative to form a European Works
Participating in the meeting were employees from Capio who are
trade union reps and who represent Capio employees in different
countries. Employee representatives were Bengt Sparrelid, Kevin
Thompson and Julia Turner from Sweden; Johannes Heuer and Melanie
Steffens from Germany; and Michèle Goya, Nicole Bouillon and
Pierette Verdant (deputy) from France. Capio was represented by
Thomas Berglund, Sveneric Svensson, Catherine Viatge, Linda
Wallgren and Monica Angervall.
The next ordinary Capio EWC meeting has been scheduled for the
spring of 2013.
Stockholm, 3 December 2012
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