Wednesday, 11 July 1973
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Lemass: asked the Minister for Labour if a movement towards meaningful industrial democracy at both national and company level is regarded as a prerequisite for any comprehensive and successful prices and incomes policy which embraces all forms of income.
The 14-point programme of the National Coalition contains an overall and firm commitment to advance worker participation in industry and a specific commitment to provide for the election of workers to the boards of State industries. Legislation to effect the latter will be introduced as soon as possible having regard to the complexities of the question.
In addition to the straight-forward provision for the election of worker directors the legislation will also provide for their training and for the necessary facilities and time for them to carry out their role effectively.
This is an enormously complex area touching as it does on the structure and geographic spread of each company, the degree of trade union organisation of the workers in each company, the nature of our company law, the legislation on which each State company is based, and so on.
Mr. Lemass: It sounds far more complex than it did the last time I attended the Annual Delegate Conference of the Irish Congress of Trades Unions. Can the Minister give me any indication when this legislation might be introduced?
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