workers' control


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workers' control

an advanced form of INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY in which employees have tight control over both policy and operational activities of managers.
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Communes and Workers' Control in Venezuela: Building 21st Century Socialism From Below
Historian Robert Griffiths, general secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain, said: "He was one of the co-authors of the syndicalist manifesto of 1912, The Miners' Next Step, a manifesto for reorganising not just the mining industry but the whole of society through a form of revolutionary trade unionism, followed by workers' control of industry.
Historian Robert Griffiths, general secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain, says of him: "He was one of the coauthors of the syndicalist manifesto of 1912, The Miners' Next Step, a manifesto for re-organising not just the mining industry but the whole of society through a form of revolutionary trade unionism, followed by workers' control of industry.
Even though it occurred in a small country, the 1974-75 struggle represented an unprecedented moment of workers' control and disruption of the accumulation process in the context of mid-1970s Europe.
It is ironic, though, to see Weissman complain that 'Stalinism has distorted Marxism to such a degree that when democratic, workers' control is put forward, it is immediately attributed to a syndicalist or anarchist throwback.
The Australian chapter, Doing without the boss: Workers' Control Experiments in Australia in the 1970s, written by Verity Burgmann, Ray Jureidini and Meredith Burgmann, emphasises how these ideas have played a role, theoretical or otherwise, in various disputes in Australia.
But some have managed to renew themselves by rededicating themselves to workers' control, to inner-union democracy and by focusing more on workers whom they did not reach in the past such as women and young workers.
Similarly, Joe Owens, a union organiser involved in the 1972 Opera House work-in, described workers' control as 'a political strategy in which workers gain experience and also gain the knowledge that they have within themselves the ability to conduct their own affairs, the ability to run their own jobs'.
Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the Present provides a fine survey of wage earners who have challenged the traditional concept of capitalist working systems by forming democratic self-managed systems for controlling production without bosses.
Could we see the beginnings of workers' control, campaigned for by no less than Tony Benn in the '70s, implemented by a LibDem/ Tory coalition?
One part of a full societal vision is workers' control, which means that production is collectively and democratically managed by workers.
It not only called for the nationalization of the commanding heights of the economy beginning with the resource and financial sectors, but also for workers' control of their work places, national self-determination for the peoples of Quebec including the right of independence and a bold exit from the American Empire.

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