Employee participation and industrial welfarism in Australia, 1890-1965

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Non-union forms of representative employee participation have a long history in Australia, notwithstanding the privileging of trade union representation by the conciliation and arbitration system. One common form of representative employee participation occurred in the administration of industrial welfare schemes when they spread through large Australian organisations, particularly during and after World War II. However, the employee participation literature has largely neglected this significant historical movement in management strategy. A conceptual framework derived from contemporary employee participation literature is used to evaluate the substance of employee participation in administration of Australia company welfare schemes during the period 1890-1965. Conclusions are twofold: management's motivation to introduce industrial welfare schemes was a combination of social integration in periods of industrial conflict, as well as organisational efficiency; and whilst employees often influenced decisions in substantial ways in the administration of welfare schemes, the scope of this influence was very narrow.

LanguageEnglish
Pages137-154
Number of pages18
JournalLabour History
Issue number112
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

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Employee participation and industrial welfarism in Australia, 1890-1965. / Balnave, Nikola; Markey, Raymond.

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