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Workers should have a say in how their businesses are run—why is this controversial?

The newly-revised corporate governance code would establish such a principle, but more must be done

By Frances O'Grady  

Photo: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

Should workers have a say in how the businesses they work for are run? It’s hard to believe that this has been a politically controversial question. But proposed new rules for companies, contained in the Financial Reporting Council’s revised corporate governance code, for the first time put this principle into some kind of practice. They are the result of a long period of fierce debate.

Those who disagree with the idea of worker representation in matters of company management have, regrettably, won several battles along the…

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