Monday, 24 September 2012

Co-ownership and all that jazz

For as long as I have been interested in politics, I have been a supporter of employee participation in corporate bodies, large and small. So I was glad to see "Mutuals, Employee Ownership, and Workplace Democracy" back on a Liberal Democrat conference agenda, and was not disappointed by the breadth and quality of the contributions to the debate.

As several speakers made clear, the party does not seek to dictate any one particular model of industrial democracy, though the successes of the German model and the John Lewis Partnership over here were mentioned more than once. It is worth hearing Martin Horwood's opening speech if nothing else; it is about 1hr 45m in from the start of BBC-Parliament's iPlayer coverage (or about 7.45 p.m. if you can catch the TV repeat tonight).

The preceding Science debate, featuring our Cardiff South and Penarth candidate Dr Bablin Molik, is worth watching, too.

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