Upcoming Workshops and Symposia

  • Book Launch and Discussion: Worker Voice: Employee Representation in the Workplace in Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US 1914–1939
    24th Aug 2016 The Refectory, Level 5, Abercrombie Building (H70)

    The Business and Labour History Group invites you to the book launch and discussion event:

    'Worker Voice: Employee Representation in the Workplace in Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US 1914–1939'
    Greg Patmore, Liverpool University Press

    Launched by Emeritus Professor Russell Lansbury

    This book informs debates about worker participation in the workplace or worker voice by analysing comparative historical data relating to these ideas during the inter-war period in Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US. The issue is topical because of the contemporary shift to a workplace focus in many countries without a corresponding development of infrastructure at the workplace level, and because of the growing ‘representation gap’ as union membership declines. Some commentators have called for the introduction of works councils to address these issues. Other scholars have gone back and examined the experiences with the non-union Employee Representation Plans (ERPs) in Canada and the US. This book will test these claims through examining and comparing the historical record of previous efforts of five countries during a rich period of experimentation between the Wars. In addition to ERPs, the book expands the debate will by examining union-management co-operation, Whitley works committees and German works councils.

    The Co-op Bookshop will have copies of the book available for purchase at the launch event.

    RSVP: To business.researchnetworks@sydney.edu.au by 19 August 2016.

    Light refreshments will be served.