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Empty Chair - It’s Time for Workers on Boards

Workers need more voice in the workplace. In 2016 this was recognised by prime minister Theresa May on the steps of Number 10, but action has failed to materialise. Rather than seeing an amplification of the voices of working people, worker representation has in fact got worse, with trade union membership registering at an all time low last year. Meanwhile, CEOs continue to receive bloated pay packages and public sector workers face real term pay cuts.

Using interviews with workers on boards and research that demonstrates best practice, this paper makes the case for the idea of workers on boards to be taken far more seriously at a time when workers voices are in danger of disappearing altogether.