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ATTACHMENT 1

EMPLOYEE PARTICIPATION/INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY COST SUBSIDISATION PROGRAM

Amalgamated Metals, Foundry & Shipwright's Union $30,000.00

Survey of members' interest in industrial democracy options, followed by development of relevant training and pilot programs in the metal industry.

Trades & Labour Council of Western Australia $30,000.00 Conduct of information

dissemination of educational activities for union members in relation to employee participation.

Metal Trades Industry Association of Australia $19,980.00 Research and training in

Group self-management in the metal industry.

Ajax Fasteners Australia Ltd VICTORIA $30,000.00 Greater participation by employees

including introduction of quality circles.

Pratt Group VICTORIA

$30,000.00 Organisation analysis and redesign intended to increase employee participation.

Labor Council of NSW $30,000.00

Establishment of joint occupational health and safety committees.

ATTAGfENT 2

Kogarah Municipal Library NSW $3,680.00 Development of working group to

assess the impact of computer technology in the library and to redesign jobs.

Victorian Employers Federation

$12,900.00 Develop and implement training programs in Employee Participation practices.

Victoria Trades Hall Council

$12,500.00 Training of unionists in order to facilitate employee participation in public sector budgetary processes.

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