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Ideas for Australia: Improving democracy for workers is not easy but it must be done

David Peetz writes in The Conversation (18.4.16) about the changing dynamics of workplace relations, and the changing roles of trade unions in industrial relations in Australia.

‘There’s a phrase you sometimes hear about the workplace: “leave your brains at the gate”.

‘Workers use it to summarise the dismissive view their bosses have about the contribution employees can make – and about how much say workers have in what they do at work.

‘Not all bosses are like that. But it seems most employees want more say at work – sometimes called “voice” or “participation in decision-making” or even “workplace democracy”.’

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