Latest Issue

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 way.…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect