Constructive relations with works councils

HOCHTIEF employees everywhere have the right to elect their own representatives to safeguard their interests. Management expressly welcomes the right of employees to union membership. Since 2010, 100 percent of the workforce are represented by works councils. Employee representatives also sit on the Supervisory Board. For our management, it goes without saying that employee concerns are integrated into business processes to the best possible extent. For this reason, management and works councils generally meet once a month, or more frequently when occasion calls for it—for instance, in times of major change within the company. Works council members also take part in regular meetings of occupational safety and health committees, in which over 90 percent of the workforce are presented Group-wide.

There has been a European works council at HOCHTIEF since 1996. It comprises representatives from Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic and meets twice a year. It represents all employees of HOCHTIEF and its majority holdings in EU countries and its role includes, for example, to promote a constructive working relationship and social contact at European level. Furthermore, the European works council has information and consultation rights vis-à-vis management with regard to international measures that affect our employees.