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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2152

Question No. 328

Mr Burr asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice , on 23 August 1983:

(1) Has the Government provided grants for five separate studies into employee participation.

(2) If so, do the studies include the effects of employee equity participation.

(3) If not, will the Government undertake a study of employee equity participation and its effect on worker participation in industry and implications on industrial relations.

Mr Willis —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes. Details are contained in my news release 56/83 of 20 April 1983.

(2) No.

(3) Employee equity participation is only one of a number of possible approaches to employee participation. Past research indicates that financial participation schemes do not necessarily achieve the basic objective of effective and meaningful employee involvement in organisational decision making. However, where schemes such as equity participation are carefully integrated with other forms of participation, they can make an important contribution. Consideration will be given to undertaking further research in this area in the context of an overall research program relating to industrial and economic democracy. In this regard the Government is influenced strongly by the advice of the National Labour Consultative Council Committee on Employee Participation.