"Freedom, democracy and social justice are core values of the European Union. Democracy is important; not only on the political but also on the economic level. More Democracy at Work is part of a broader approach for a more Social Europe which is urgently needed.
Workers’ participation should however represent a key question in the 21st century. Stronger involvement of workers within their organisations can directly improve working conditions, levels of pay, labour rights, social and economic inclusion and sustainability. It also contributes to a more balanced and effective corporate governance and to higher quality for public services. Data suggests that a stronger workers’ voice is associated with lower executive pay, stronger economic performance for companies and better employment levels.We need to put More Democracy at Work at the centre of the debate.
We want workers’ representatives to be informed and consulted, to have meaningful and timely discussions with management at all relevant levels and to be actively involved in the decision-making process of their companies or organisations before any important decisions are made!" (ETUC Democracy at work website)
Author: European Trade Union Confederation