Norway - Collective decision making weakened - November 30, 2016

People’s perceived level of influence over their own work situation has plummeted. In seven years the number of people saying they have a lot of influence has fallen from 89% to 77%. Imported leadership models get the blame. The plan is to carry out the collective decision making barometer every year, sometimes supported by independent surveys carried out by the six trade unions which have financed the barometer. The six trade unions represent occupations like medical doctors, researchers, police and oil industry workers. The 2016 survey posed the same questions as the ones used in 2009 for a major survey on the state of the corporate democracy, carried out by the research foundation Fafo. The unions pointed out that the results supported what they had experienced themselves in conversation with their members – that collective decision making is becoming less common. This issue has also been the cause of several labour conflicts in the public sector.

English: http://www.nordiclabourjournal.org/i-fokus/in-focus-2016/collective-decision-making …  

The report (in Norwegian): https://flt.no/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Medbestemmelses …  

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