1970s TUC Report for Worker Participation in Management

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I’ve put up several pieces arguing for works’ councils, and that workers should be represented in the management of the industries in which they are employed. According to Ben Hooberman’s An Introduction to British Trade Unions, this was also a policy endorsed and recommended by the TUC in its 1971 conference.

The 1971 Congress adopted a resolution reaffirming its belief that an essential function of the trade union movement was to secure for workers and their unions a continually increasing measure of control over their work situation. The resolution instructed the General Council to ensure that all policies advanced on behalf of the TUC promoted industrial democracy and urged the General Council to give active support to the development of direct participation by public service workers. The TUC published an interim report called ‘Industrial Democracy’, which was adopted by the 1973 Congress. the report recommended that the draft European Company Statute should be amended to provide for the number of worker representatives on the supervisory board to be increased to 50 per cent instead of one third of the Board. It also took the view that the draft Fifth Directives on company law proposed by the Common Market Commission was acceptable for British companies provided that the trade unions appointed representatives to the Board and that there should be a reduction in the minimum size of company to which to which the directive applied from 500 to 200 workers. (p.34.)

This incidentally also adds further evidence that what really frightens BoJo, Gove, Patel and the rest of the parasites and numbskulls forming the Brexit campaign isn’t the EU superstate so much as the protection it gives European workers under the Social Charter, and the power it once offered. Owen Jones in his book, Chav: The Demonisation of the Working Class, notes that Thatcher was never working class, didn’t know any trade unionists, and regarded the working class as treacherous.

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