The Hancock report and industrial democracy

Russell D. Lansbury, Edward M. Davis

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The Hancock Committee did not embark upon an investigation of industrial democracy in Australia. Nonetheless, several of its recommendations will influence the extent to which workers and their representatives participate in the decisions that affect their lives at work. Attention is paid here to the Committee's comments on the consultative style of decision making witnessed at the macroeconomic level, to its advocacy of union amalgamations and the signrficance for industrial democracy, and to its support for a broadening of the jurisdiction of the Arbitration Commission. Also discussed are the Committee's recommendations on industry consultative councils and on grievance procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-554
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Industrial Relations
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1985


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