As an EWC representative, you will be required to represent the ManpowerGroup Ireland workforce at the annual general meeting which will typically last 3-5 days and be held in one of the European ManpowerGroup’s offices. The workforce is inclusive of both agency and inhouse staff.
The meeting will include discussion on a wide range of transnational topics including financial matters, future direction and prospects, employment trends and substantial changes in work organisation or working methods. A high degree of confidentiality is required.
Our representative must keep themselves informed on work matters relating to Ireland, be prepared to meet with the Country Manager or other Directors where required to obtain the knowledge of what Ireland matters may impact transnationally. You will be committed to representing the full Irish workforce, be willing to have your voice heard in a positive, constructive manner, and display patience where required.
You will also be required to support effective communication, both in raising questions on behalf of colleagues and in sharing meeting minutes with the workforce.
You will be entitled to reasonable paid time off during your working hours to carry out your EWC Representative duties or training. The standard term for an Employee Representative is 4 years when there will be opportunity for re-election or re-appointment.
Our current Representative
Olivia Kehoe has been our highly engaged representative for almost 10 years, initially as part of the Special Negotiating Body and then from 2017 onwards, as part of the Works Council itself. Olivia is stepping down now to provide opportunities for a fresh voice to be involved with the council. Please see some information provided below on the experience gained from being part of the European Works Council.
“I began the journey with the EWC at the very start of the process, back in 2014 when the Special Negotiating Body was initially formed. The SNB’s job was to create and negotiate the terms of the works council agreement. This group eventually went on to become the EWC once the agreement was finalised at which point it became the job of the EWC to work with ManpowerGroup’s central management in relation to topics that were covered by the agreement that may affect our employees. ManpowerGroup has a requirement to inform and consult with the EWC on in scope matters , and the EWC’s role is act on behalf of any impacted employees and input into decisions Central Management may be considering.
Some of the knowledge and experience gained could be summarised as follows:
Unmatched exposure and knowledge of ManpowerGroup’s business across Europe
Valuable experience working with diverse nationalities, across a broad range of roles and through multiple languages via interpreters.
Opportunity to expand communication skills and public speaking
Develop skills from the annual training received as part of the role.
Grow your network with colleagues in many countries
Exposure to senior management with ManpowerGroup in Europe.
Participation in the EWC would be a super challenge for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of the company while challenging themselves personally and professionally. The EWC is a team of hard working people who have always worked very well together, even when opinions differ and is always very welcoming to new members.”