works council

noun Chiefly British.
an elected body of employee representatives that deals with management regarding grievances, working conditions, wages, etc.
a joint council or committee representing employer and employees that discusses working conditions, wages, etc., within a plant or business.

1925–30 Unabridged
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works council
1.  a council composed of both employer and employees convened to discuss matters of common interest concerning a factory, plant, business policy, etc, not covered by regular trade union agreements
2.  a body representing the workers of a plant, factory, etc, elected to negotiate with the management about working conditions, wages, etc

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