Direct and indirect participation inchange processesWorker Voice Paper in construction
Why worker voice – direct andindirect – essentialEarly bird principle: involved in the beginningstages of process means mo...
Experiences from different countriesDirect = workers covered by the change processinvolved:Proces & idea developmentSpec...
1980-2012, AUS, US, GER, NLTrade unions in decline, now in all 4 under 20%density rate (UK down to just more than 25%,but ...
Differences 1980s and 20012More third party involvement in promoting andfacilitating worker voice then:government program...
Trade unions and WCs – Boxingand dancing strategiesCertainly when in decline unions have to combineboxing (confrontation, ...
Country sketchesGER: Then qualified groupwork IG Metall,since cycle time automotive down to less than aminute due to glob...
ConclusionsTo be decided, give us your feedback
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Direct and Indirect Participation in Change Processes

  1. 1. Direct and indirect participation inchange processesWorker Voice Paper in construction
  2. 2. Why worker voice – direct andindirect – essentialEarly bird principle: involved in the beginningstages of process means more influence ondesign and process, and more time foranticipation of changes and risksPotential winners and loosers: TU/WC can coverloosers and help facilitate winners and process(social plans, training, job-to-job-transition etc.)Opportunities for improving job quality andcreation/maintenance of employment
  3. 3. Experiences from different countriesDirect = workers covered by the change processinvolved:Proces & idea developmentSpecial knowledgeFrom design to routineIndirect: Representatives of workers (trade union,works council) involved:Conditions and facilitiesEmployment protectionJob quality (winners & loosers)Optimization: Direct&Indirect, not very common
  4. 4. 1980-2012, AUS, US, GER, NLTrade unions in decline, now in all 4 under 20%density rate (UK down to just more than 25%,but less coverage than in GER/NL/FRWork councils with legal richts in GER, NL, not inAnglo-saxon countriesScandinavian countries and Belgium (GHENTcountries): over 50% densityGeneral tendency (workers voice groupdiscussion): also decline of worker voice inchange processes of certain scale
  5. 5. Differences 1980s and 20012More third party involvement in promoting andfacilitating worker voice then:government programmes still existing in Scandinavia (regionalinnovation programmes bringing together many stakeholders,research output (knowledge production on how to do it?), TYKESFinland (innovation oriented)Structural changes towards networks, chains, global production orservice strategies, increse of SMEsdiversification of the labour markets (more temps, temporaycontracts, independents)hollowing out of the middle (restructuring analysis Eurofound 2012)
  6. 6. Trade unions and WCs – Boxingand dancing strategiesCertainly when in decline unions have to combineboxing (confrontation, negotiation, conflict) anddancing (co-creation, co-operation, jointproblem solving and learning)Boxing = win-loose, distrust, recognition andvisibility, certainties about positionDancing = win-win or loose-loose, trust, long termuncertaintiesMore and more unions driven to boxing and leaveindirect participation aside
  7. 7. Country sketchesGER: Then qualified groupwork IG Metall,since cycle time automotive down to less than aminute due to global manufacturingAUS: Then Workplace Australia, since Howardgovernment destruction of a national frameworkUS: Last good examples date from beginning2000NL: Many big projects with both IP and DPthen, now unions more on distance, workscouncils still facilities to participate (2007-2007:Dutch Institue for Social Innovation)
  8. 8. ConclusionsTo be decided, give us your feedback

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