Industrial democracy: Workers participation in management
Dr. Supriya Choudhary
In a democracy, participation of the people in the political process is an essential ingredient of the system. Workers' participation in management can be considered as an advanced form of labour-management co-operation. It is an extension of this political process to work place relations. The contents and structure of Workers Participation in Management is more important and is being debated in all industries to make it a ‘best fit’ as per their own working conditions. In other words, it can be said that it is a total involvement of people in the organisation to bring a democratic culture at the work place. It is now agreed that genuine Workers’ Participation in day to day working of the organization can lead to harmony and higher productivity besides being able to bring out hidden talents in employees and giving the employees and acceptable status. A combination of powerful social, cultural, political, economic and industrial pressures has created world-wide demand for greater participation and democracy. Tools like co-partnership, suggestion scheme, joint consultation, management by objective and quality circle are discussed in this paper. An attempt has also been made to study the effect of industrial democracy on productivity, job satisfaction, conflicts etc. in this paper.