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October 14th 2019

The Central Works Council (in Dutch: Centrale Ondernemingsraad, COR) represents all employees in discussions with the management. The works council advises the management and in some cases has the right to allow/forbid certain policies or plans that affect the position of employees or the organization. Because FOM has become NWO-I as of 1 January 2017, there are changes in the way that the formal (central) employee participation is organized.

In 2017 a new (preliminary) COR NWO started. All organisational NWO-parts have a seat in the council. Elections were organized in May 2017 and in June a new COR NWO has started.
Go to COR-members to see the composition of the COR NWO and the representatives. 

In 2019 the COR meets every every four weeks and there is a meeting together with the management. Meeting dates are listed under 'More Information'.
The email address of the new COR NWO is cor@nwo.nl

COR news

  • [28 March 2019] Newsletter Inside NWO-I March 2019
    In the Inside NWO-I of March you can read all about the Central Works Council elections on 8 April and a survey that the Central Works Council recently held among NWO employees about “Unequal treatment” compared to colleagues at the universities and NWO-I. Also meet COR NWO member Arno Gregoor, project auditor at NWO Institute ASTRON in Dwingeloo.
  • [31 January 2019] Central Works Council elections/GDPR/Implementation Regulation/meet COR NWO member Frank van Amerongen
    In the January edition of the newsletter Inside NWO-I (click here to see the full newsletter) you can read all about the upcoming Central Works Council elections and two themes the council is working on: the privacy legislation GDPR and the Implementation Regulations. We also introduce COR NWO member Frank van Amerongen, head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NWO Institute DIFFER.
  • [24 September 2018] Unequal treatment of NWO-I PhD students
    NWO-I PhD students at the universities are sometimes treated differently by the university than their direct fellow PhD candidates, who are employed by the university. For example by not getting a Christmas gift, having to pay for parking, having no access to sports facilities and so on. The COR NWO will make an inventory of the problems that NWO-I PhD students come across. Last week the COR sent an email to all NWO-I PhD's working at the universities, with a call to inform the COR about any problems and unequal treatment. We are curious! Did you not receive the email? Let us know via cor@nwo.nl
  • [24 September 2018] COR-vision on NWO-I courses for PhD students and postdocs
    The COR has handed over its vision to the Executive Board on the central courses for NWO-I PhD students and postdocs. The COR believes it to be important that changes to the current course offer result from a clear vision on the training of young scientists and are not implemented ad hoc. The COR would like to see that the PhD's from the various NWO-I Institutes and the NWO-I PhD's  have the same opportunities when it comes to training, especially when it comes to soft skills and career orientation. After all, as NWO-I is one employer, all NWO-I PhD students and postdocs must be treated equally and the central programmes must be accessible to all.

Click here for the news archive of the COR.
If you wish to learn more about the activities of the Works Councils, or have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your local representative or our professional secretary.