Guidance

European Cooperative Societies: apply to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC)

How employees, employers and their representatives can resolve disputes under the European Cooperative Society (Involvement of Employees) Regulations 2006

These regulations provide for the creation of European Cooperative Societies “Societas Cooperativa Europaea” or “SCE” and apply where the SCE is registered in Great Britain. If an SCE is established there is an obligation on it to establish information and consultation machinery. Disputes about the setting up and running of these information and consultation arrangements can be brought to the CAC.

Types of application and complaint

There are several types of applications or complaint that can be made. These include whether:

  • a participating individual or the competent organ of a participating legal entity has failed to provide information or the information is false or incomplete.
  • the special negotiating body (this is a group of employee representatives which negotiates with the participating individual or the competent organ of a participating legal entity companies about setting up the Employee Involvement Agreement) is properly constituted.
  • the arrangements for the ballot of the UK employees comply with the regulations.
  • the parties are complying with the terms of the agreement.

You can read the full list European Cooperative Societies: applications and complaints (PDF, 18.2KB, 5 pages) .

The Regulations are available from legislation.gov.uk.

Make an application or complaint

Complaints or applications should be made to the CAC unless you are:

  • a Northern Ireland employee or any representative appointed or elected to act in Northern Ireland
  • a Northern Ireland member of the special negotiating body
  • an information and consultation representative elected or appointed to act in Northern Ireland
  • an SCE registered in Northern Ireland, or a subsidiary of such an SCE;
  • a participating individual resident in Northern Ireland
  • a participating legal entity or concerned subsidiary with its registered office (or principal place of business if not a body corporate) in Northern Ireland

in which case complaints should be made to the Industrial Court.

There is no application form for the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) so you should write or email with the following information:

  • your name and contact details
  • the name and contact details of the other party (the SCE, participating individual or participating legal entity or concerned subsidiary or employee as appropriate)
  • the Regulation number of your application or complaint listed in European Cooperative Societies: applications and complaints (PDF, 18.2KB, 5 pages) .
  • a brief statement explaining your complaint

Send your email to enquiries@cac.gov.uk.

What happens next

The CAC will acknowledge your complaint and invite the other party to respond to it. We will tell you the names of the panel members who will be considering your complaint and the name of the case manager who will be your contact.

The case manager will tell you what happens next. This could include:

  • providing further information
  • attending an informal meeting to discuss the issues
  • attending a formal hearing after which the CAC will issue a decision
Published 28 November 2014