WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY AND THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS. Russell Lansbury Professor of Work & Organisational Studies, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney. The Kingsley Laffer Memorial Lecture , University of Sydney, 16 th March 2009. Workplace Democracy.
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Professor of Work & Organisational Studies,
Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney
The Kingsley Laffer Memorial Lecture, University of Sydney, 16th March 2009
‘A democratic workplace is one in which workers have the opportunity to genuinely participate in and influence decisions concerning their lives at work’.
‘Social democratic governments around the world must … devise a new regulatory framework [which] combines productivity growth with social equity’.
Kevin Rudd, P.M. (2008)
The Global Financial Crisis.
‘We are now witnessing one of the most dramatic changes [in history] but further changes are required [in] the relationship between management and workers’.
Bob Hawke, P.M.Laffer Lecture: 1993.
‘I want equity back on the agenda of labour market and industrial relations reform’.
Quentin Bryce, Governor General,
Laffer Lecture: 1999.
‘Australia must not only strengthen the rights of individuals at work in Australia but it should be a force in the world … to assist other nations to achieve fundamental workers’ rights’.
Justice Michael Kirby,Laffer Lecture: 2002.
‘It has always seemed incongruous to me that while Australian citizens are able to elect their governments, when they enter their workplace to become industrial citizens they have no legal right to elect a consultative body to participate in workplace governance’.
Prof. Ron McCallum,Laffer Lecture: 2005.
‘The spread of this revolution has of necessity been slow … Nevertheless, it is no passing fad … There has been the realisation that the traditional authoritarian patterns of working are grossly inefficient … In their place we need new and genuinely democratic forms of work organisation’.