Editorial 1998 (1)
LDD is privileged to publish in this issue a selection of papers emanating from a study of co-determinist structures at different levels of South African society, commissioned in mid-1996 by the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI), a research institute associated with the Congress of South African Trade Unions...
A trend towards co-determination? Case studies of South African enterprises
|Webster, Eddie and Ian Macun|
Co-determination has to be a two-way process. How amenable will management be to democratised models of decision-making? Webster and Macun contextualise the question by examining the peculiar evolution of workplace representation in South Africa.
The fact that it has largely been driven by management initiatives, combined with the difficulties workers...
Co-determination and transformation: Co-optation or alternative vision
|Jarvis, David and Ari Sitas|
In this article Jarvis and Sitas provide an overview of the development of theory around the issue of co-determination. Tracing the debates which have been generated in the process, they critically examine the various political schools of thought that have taken shape on the subject.
Centralised economic planning on the...
Democratising the public service: Co-determination, workplace democratisation and transformation
Imraan Patel examines the potential for co-determination in the public sector. Due to the structure and nature of decision-making in the public service, he suggests that workplace forums may not be the appropriate institutions for driving a process of democratisation.
Centralised bargaining on a broad agenda, in a context...
Engaging the state and capital: Labour and the deepening of democracy in South Africa
Glenn Adler examines the phenomenon of employee engagement in South Africa as a process extending from workplace and industry level to the state itself. While far-reaching and unique in many ways, the institutions that have emerged cannot but reflect the different agendas of the two major role-players, and that of...
Negotiating the future: Labour's role in NEDLAC
|Gostner, Karl and Joffe, Avril|
Gostner and Joffe examine the agenda for co-determinationat the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC). NEDLAC is an almost unique statutory body enabling labour, business and other constituencies of civil society to participate directly in the formulation of policy and law before its is presented to Parliament.
The LRA and work-place forums: Legislative provisions, origins, and trans formative possibilities
Vish Satgar challenges the 'neo-pluralist" power-sharing paradigm embodied in Chapter 5 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) which, he argues, does not confront hierarchy in a transformative way. In contrast, he redefines co-determination as part of a struggle to expand worker control with a view to achieving collective worker responsibility...
Where is management going? Employer strategies with regard to worker participation and work-place forums
|Godfrey, Shane, Philip Hirschsohn and Johann Maree|
Godfrey, Hirschsohn and Maree focus on the way in which management at a number of large enterprises are responding to competitive pressures to shift from traditional, top-down styles of management towards more integrative methods and to the institution of workplace forums in particular. While there is general awareness of...