Worker's representatives versus worker's representatives: the struggle for effective and meaningful workers' participation in a ship repairing industry: an appraisal and some policy options

Gerard Kester

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Abstract

The development of workers' participation in Malta has been accompanied by research ever since it started in 1971. It has been possible to advance the development of actual participatory structures on the basis of systematic and in-depth evaluation. Especially since the establishment of the Workers' Participation Development Centre a regular feedback from those who live the actual participation experience to the researchers of the Centre, was obtained. In that framework of interaction between research and practice some major research studies were undertaken. The most important of these was the survey of opinions of workers in the Maltese Drydocks. The main conclusion of this study was the wider acceptance of participation by the workers. At the same time the study showed that at the level of grass root representation of workers the existence of worker-elected Works Committee (KTX) side by side with worker-elected shop stewards in a trade union structure cause confusion and misunderstanding. Through the KTX and the shop stewards two labour relations systems are simultaneously at work.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages71
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1986

Publication series

SeriesISS working papers. General series
Number31
ISSN0921-0210

Bibliographical note

The study here reported was sponsored by the Workers' Participation Development Centre of the University of Malta, and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

Series

  • ISS Working Paper-General Series

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