The works council represents the interests of employees vis-a-vis the employer. For example, the works council is responsible for making sure:
- laws and collective agreements are observed;
- nobody is discriminated against based on their gender, age, origin, etc. during hiring and promotion;
- and employees' views regarding improving the workplace are implemented.
The works councils operate on a voluntary basis, i.e. the members are not paid extra money for what they do. However, the tasks of the works council are done during regular working hours. So the employer must release the members of the works council for a certain number of hours.