I truly believe that companies take better decisions and add value to the business if they involve the employees in the decision-making process. I will therefore continue working towards a sustainable relationship between the employee representatives and management, so that transparent and open communication becomes the foundation for Industrial Relations in the future. In this way, I want to contribute to the creation of a more equal Europe with a sustainable future, opportunities and healthy work environments for all its citizens.
In my role as an EWC advisor and trainer, I focus on establishing a dialogue with management and actively encourage the exchange of information and views. I have a rather direct communication style, even if I am very sensitive to the various interests and backgrounds that are so typical for EWCs. EWC members effectively cover all areas and levels of the company, and hence have a lot of valuable practical knowledge to share with senior management. This exchange of information – especially when it is organised early on – adds value and quality to organisations’ decision-making processes. I like to encourage EWC members to link their EWC activities to those of their local councils and to feed back information to the Select Committee on a regular basis. I have a very pragmatic approach aimed at developing the ‘most suitable solutions’ for the employees and the company.
I first graduated as an English & Biology teacher and then obtained a Master’s degree in Social Economics at the University of Utrecht. My teaching skills combined with my thorough knowledge of Industrial Relations around Europe have proven to be a valuable asset for my work with European Works Councils. I have been involved with EWCs for the past 12 years and have dealt with many different subjects ranging from setting up an EWC and (re)negotiating EWC agreements, to training EWC members, and supporting them throughout complex change processes (e.g. restructuring processes, mergers and takeovers).