Australian Left Review

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Industrial Democracy


Ken Coates


No question is more important in Britain today than that of industrial democracy. More and more people are keenly discussing the issue which quite recently was of concern only to the smallest minority. In the next year or so, it is perfectly possible that general elections will be fought in order to decide upon proposals for the democratisation of work. With the British economy stumbling from one crisis to another it is becoming plain that autocratic management is no longer adequate to solve our economic problems. Improvements in education and trade union organisation have made workers impatient of petty dictatorship in their place of employment. Something has got to change.



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