worker director


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worker director

a representative of the workforce on the BOARD OF DIRECTORS. These directors may be selected by management or elected by the workforce (all those employed in an organization or all those in a TRADE UNION). Where worker directors are elected the scheme is a form of INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY. The rationales for worker directors include the practical consideration that it can promote commitment to and understanding of organizational goals; and the moral consideration that employees should be able to influence the direction of the organization of which they are a part.

See CO-DETERMINATION, EMPLOYEE SHARE-OWNERSHIP PLAN.

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This was also an improvement on the existing worker director scheme.
It announced in 1971 a scheme for worker directors on PSU boards.
And on the other hand, they argue that worker directors would threaten the entire corporate governance system.
I think that the bottom line is at least two worker directors on a board--on this the TUC has produced detailed papers that set out the nuts and bolts of what we are asking for and how it would work.
In describing the worker director role (as in Figure 1), we use the following concepts: role expectations, which are beliefs and attitudes held by others about what is appropriate behavior to be exhibited by the worker director; sent role, which consists of communications from others about role expectations intended to influence the worker director's behavior; and received role, which is the worker director's perceptions and cognitions of the sent role expectations.
Workers define the worker director role as including labor advocacy.
He eventually became manager of the Finishing End at Lackenby and was one of 12 national worker directors on the board of the then publicly-owned British Steel.
It was those worker directors that stopped BMW's first attempt to shut Longbridge, giving British unions and the community a breathing space to get their campaign ready to save the plant.
Hammer, Currall, and Stern (1991) showed that directors' role definitions and behaviors varied importantly depending on whether worker directors were selected by the work force or by management.
Previously published studies of directorships in the industrial relations tradition have focused literally on worker directors, that is, shop floor workers and local union representatives catapulted into board seats (Bank and Jones 1977; Batstone, Ferner, and Terry 1983; Stern 1988; Hammer, Currall, and Stern 1991).
Worker directors and other board representation schemes, works councils.
Worker directors would not be likely to undermine firm progress, because such action would be detrimental to overall employee interests.

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