In February 2019, Canadian Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, delivered a keynote address at a seminar on the theme of the CPTPP – Expanding Your Business Horizons, where he addressed companies who said that using the agreement provides a bridge to more easily share people, goods and services.  The agreement between Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore entered into force on December 30, 2018. Members of the trade union delegation may be elected either by union members at the workplace or by the local trade union organisation, depending on whether the collective agreement applies to the sector. In most cases, they are appointed by the trade union organization. The mandate of the trade union delegation is also four years. Members of the works council and the trade union delegation also have the right to participate in paid training offered by the trade unions during working hours. This training aims to improve the skills and knowledge of representatives in the economic and social fields. Details of the quantity and circumstances are set out in the collective agreement for the sector concerned. In general, it is six to eight days a year. Training is paid for by the union, but free time is paid for by the company. Both elements of the representation system have a clear legal basis.
The powers and functioning of works councils are defined by a law on the organisation of the economy, first adopted in 1948 and subsequently amended. Before the dismissal of a member of the trade union delegation, the employer must generally inform both the delegation as a whole and the trade union involved, and there is a possibility of conciliation by a common trade union-employer body. . . .