- an elected body of employee representatives that deals with management regarding grievances, working conditions, wages, etc.
- a joint council or committee representing employer and employees that discusses working conditions, wages, etc., within a plant or business.
Origin of works council
First recorded in 1925–30
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- a council composed of both employer and employees convened to discuss matters of common interest concerning a factory, plant, business policy, etc, not covered by regular trade union agreements
- a body representing the workers of a plant, factory, etc, elected to negotiate with the management about working conditions, wages, etc
Also called: works committee
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