Social elections 2024 - Apply today!
Social elections will be held between 13 and 26 May 2024. Social elections are when employees in most private sectors elect their representatives to the Works Council (OR/CE) and/or the Occupational Health and Safety Committee (CPBW/CPPT). Some 60,000 ACV-CSC delegates are running for office in more than 7,000 companies. They are the voice of their colleagues in the social dialogue.
Are you one of them?
ACV-CSC is looking for candidates: people who want to work with together with their colleagues on improving the working conditions through good social consultation. So, gather your best ideas, apply and seize your opportunity! Did you know that companies with social consultation also have better working conditions?
How do I run as a candidate?
· Do you already hold a union mandate? If so, please contact your ACV-CSC representative. He or she will explain the steps to take.
· You've never stood for social elections before? Then send us an email to: email@example.com
Be sure to include the following information: Your surname and first name, your date of birth, your mobile phone number, your working status (worker, employee, manager, education worker), as well as the name of your company and the address of your employer.
You will then shortly receive an application form that you will need to sign. It will set out your rights as a candidate (support, training, information, protection) and what the ACV-CSC expects of you (listening to your colleagues, endorsing the democratic values of ACV-CSC, taking part in ACV-CSC activities, etc.).
Please note: new candidates are protected by law until around mid-January 2024 for the May 2024 elections. The exact date of this period of protection depends on the date of the elections in your company or organisation.
✅ Together for better working conditions
As soon as you apply, you will embark on a meaningful mission: to improve the working conditions, safety and health of your colleagues! As a candidate, you are not only a point of contact, but also an advocate for the rights of your colleagues. In other words, you become a key figure in crucial decisions in your company. You do this together with your colleagues, but we also support you with education and training!
🌱 Discover and develop new skills
Being a candidate in the social elections is enriching. It gives you the chance to learn new professional skills and it offers you a unique opportunity to actively participate in the ins and outs of your company.
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What you need to know about social elections
Am i protected as a candidate?
Delegates who want to be there for their colleagues and carry out their trade union activities properly must be free to do their work.
That is precisely why, as a delegate, you are protected by law. Your employer cannot fire you or move you to another department because you are defending the interests of employees. Furthermore, the exercise of your trade union mandate must not stand in the way of you receiving promotion or other benefits.
This protection also applies to new candidates, but only takes effect 65 days before the deadline for submitting the candidate lists. That means for the May 2024 elections, protection applies from mid-January 2024 – with the exact date depending on the election date in your company or organisation.
Do I have to do it all on my own?
No, we do not just throw you in at the deep end. All candidates receive training from the start. You will learn about your rights and obligations, how to negotiate and how to meet and/or speak effectively in a group.
An ACV-CSC union secretary will coach and support you. And, of course, you will work with other delegates.
In addition, ACV-CSC employs experts who can help you with difficult questions and cases: lawyers, experts in economic and financial domains, and prevention advisers to assist with questions about well-being at work.
In short, you are far from alone, and you will be guided step by step during your mandate!
What does it mean to be an ACV-CSC delegate?
As a delegate, you play an important and inspiring role:
Moreover, you sit in consultation with the employer to discuss constructive solutions. In other words, you provide a listening ear and know what is going on in the workplace. This means you can take the necessary action and make your voice heard when discussing new collective bargaining agreements. To ensure that you perform these important tasks optimally and confidently, as an ACV-CSC delegate you have access to the necessary training.
- You are the point of contact for your colleagues and look for solutions together
- You strive for better and fairer wages and working conditions
- You are committed to more safety and well-being at work
- You ensure equal opportunities for everyone in the workplace
- You ensure a healthy balance between work and private life
- You support the professional training of your colleagues
What role do delegates have?
A delegate defends the interests of their colleagues as part of the social dialogue, or the bodies where employers and employees meet, which are the Occupational Health and Safety Committee and the Works Council.
Occupational Health and Safety Committee
A company or organisation with at least 50 employees must elect an Occupational Health and Safety Committee. Its mission is to ensure well-being at work and to ensure that everyone can work under safe and healthy working conditions.
As a delegate, you can work on:
- Correct application of legislation on safety, health and well-being at work.
- Preventing occupational accidents, occupational diseases, stress, undesirable behaviour and bullying.
- Improving working conditions, mobility, etc.
- The proper functioning of prevention services (service to tackle undesirable behaviour, occupational health service).
- Correct application of environmental legislation and fire safety policies.
- The elaboration of a policy on stress, psychosocial risks, but also on themes such as alcohol at work, older employees, etc.
- As a delegate, you are also the mouthpiece of your colleagues: you take on board any complaints they may have and discuss their questions and proposals with management.
Any company or organisation with at least 100 employees must set up a Works Council. The Works Council meets monthly and has the right to information, supervision and advice. In addition, the Works Council has some limited decision-making powers with regard to social aspects. For example, the Works Council decides on:
An important competence of the Works Council is the right to information about the economic and financial situation of the company or organisation. This means you get regular updates about the financial situation, the workforce, the productivity and the future prospects of the company or organisation.
- Work regulations
- Collective holidays
- And more