EWC Academy - Academy for European Works Councils and SE Works Councils

About us


Managing Director of the EWC Academy

Dr Werner Altmeyer

  • Main focus: EWC and SE agreements, European works councils’ working practice and consultation procedures, workplace representation in Germany, France, Spain and the UK
  • Working languages: German, English, French, Spanish
  Industrial clerk, degrees in business administration and social economics, former scholarship holder of the Hans Böckler Foundation, previously commercial employee and youth representative in the steel industry, spent long periods researching in Paris, Madrid and London as part of a thesis on workplace representation in the EU, lectures at universities, management academies and training institutions for German, French and British unions, worked at the European Metalworkers' Federation (EMF) in Brussels and since 1997 in the EWC Academy and its forerunner organizations

Further EWC Academy trainers and consultants

Rainer Appel

  • Main focus: EWC involvement in transnational restructuring, business and financial analysis, profitability analysis, safeguarding of production sites and employment, industrial revitalizing concepts, post-merger integration
  • Working languages: German, English, Spanish
  Electrical engineer, degree in industrial engineering, organizational study at the University of Warwick on the efficiency of industrial manufacturing companies in a German-British comparison, educated in training and coaching, EU projects in Eastern Europe, since 2000 works councils adviser on economic and financial issues, since 2005 lecturer in business management at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, has worked with the EWC Academy and its forerunner organizations since 2011


Rita da Luz

  • Main focus: Development of new training and consulting concepts for European and SE works councils
  • Working languages: Portuguese, German, French, English, Spanish
  Shipping clerk, master in Human Resource Management, degree in economics and labour legislation, former scholarship holder of the Hans Böckler Foundation, previously air transport employee in Paris and Hamburg, chairwoman of the central works council of an airline company, has worked with the EWC Academy since 2012

Legal counsellor of the EWC Academy:

Professor Dr Reingard Zimmer

  Reingard Zimmer has supported the EWC Academy and its forerunner organizations as a trainer and legal adviser since 2004. Since 2015 she has been professor at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, previously she held a labour law professorship at the University of Hamburg and directed the Department of Labour and Social Law at the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) of Hans Böckler Foundation. She spent long periods researching in Latin America and Spain and worked in Geneva at the International Labour Organisation (ILO). In addition to EWC topics she mainly focusses on international labour issues.

Additional trainers and consultants working with the EWC Academy on a regular basis:

Dr Ray Cunningham
German-British communications and political adviser, former director of the Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society

Joachim Gschwendtner
Deputy chairman of the European works council in a UK company in the IT and communications industry, consultant for the design of consultation procedures

Carl Guinet
French consultant for works councils on economic matters and expert for consultation procedures

Ralf-Peter Hayen
Head of legal department at the DGB trade union confederation headquarters in Berlin and responsible for EWC law, lecturer at the EWC Academy's legal seminar every year in October

Horst Mernberger
Data protection consultant and external privacy officer, certified information security auditor according to ISO 27001 / ISO 19011, former employee at the IG Metall trade union headquarters



Administration, accounting and seminar organization:

Katharina Barrie / Kristin Menzel / Thomas Oldenburg / Tea Omeragić

Thomas Oldenburg is responsible for commercial administration and accounting, since April 2012.

Tea Omeragić is responsible for seminar planning and conference organization, since January 2014.

Katharina Barrie (since September 2012)  and Kristin Menzel (since April 2017) are working on the company's flyers, website and newsletter.


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