A few members of our current worker's council ("Betriebsrat") are leaving the company, so we'll need to find new candidates. I've discussed this topic with some of my colleagues and it seems like nobody really wants to do the part (including myself) but pretty much everyone agrees that someone should. Because of that I'm at least considering the idea of candidating.
I know about the short-term benefits of being in the workers' council (increased job protection etc.), but I'm not going to be in this company forever and I'm worried about the long-term consequences.
- How do employers generally view candidates with worker's council experience?
- Assuming a negative tendency, could I spin the experience as something positive?
- Can I hide my involvement from a future employer?
For what it's worth, I'm working in an industry where having a worker's council is very rare.