Labour Law and Business English for Works Council Members

Works Councils in multi-national companies increasingly have to deal with English-speaking company representatives. In order to effectively represent employee interests in English-speaking environments – e.g. during company restructuring processes – the ability to understand and discuss balance sheets, financial statements and annual reports might be just as important as knowledge of corporate and labour law.

This intensive three-day seminar is particularly designed to meet these challenges. Business English topics such as meetings and negotiations language, financial and labour law vocabulary will be covered. Participants will also be given plenty of opportunity to speak, thus improving their fluency.

Date: 15 – 17, June 2020 (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Venue: AK-Bildungshaus Jägermayrhof, Römerstraße 98, 4020 Linz
The seminar will be followed up with a follow-up workshop on 21, September 2020.

Target Group: Works Councils members in multinational companies, and members in European Works councils with intermediate English skills, who would like to improve their language proficiency. Pre-condition: GPA-djp membership and completed basic training for works council members.

This English training course is a co-operation between the Trade Union of Private Sector Employees, Graphical Workers and Journalists (GPA-djp) and the Chamber of Labour of Upper Austria (AK Oberösterreich).


Participants will attain more self-efficacy in Business English, thus gaining confidence in the role of representing the employees in an English-speaking company environment.


  • Kelly James and Fay MacSween, native English trainers (Talkfest Seminars)
  • They have been consulting in all aspects of conducting business in English through seminars and in-house courses across a broad range of industries in many of Austria’s high-profile companies for more than 25 years.
  • hey also work as lecturers at various universities and are involved in teacher training as well as coaching in workers representation organisations.

Advance notice: This seminar will then be followed up with a one-day follow-up workshop on 21, September 2020.

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