Revisiting industrial democracy and pension trusteeship: The case of Canada

Sayce, Susan and Gold, Michael (2011) Revisiting industrial democracy and pension trusteeship: The case of Canada. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 32 (3). pp. 477-498. ISSN 1461-7099

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This article examines the extent to which industrial democracy theory may be applied to the operation of Canadian pension fund boards by analysing the balance of power between employers, employees and unions on joint consultative private and public sector pension boards in Ontario and Quebec. The article focuses on three indicators of industrial democracy: shareholder activism; involvement in fund investment policies (including socially responsible investment); and forms of collective action to invest pension funds in support of union objectives. It concludes that industrial democracy is stronger where it is supported by traditions of tripartism and concertation and by statutory employee rights to representation on private sector funds. Its conclusions also question whether Canada can be classed unequivocally as a ‘liberal market economy’, on the grounds that the economic regulatory regime in Quebec differs substantially from the rest of the country.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Employment Systems and Institutions
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2011 10:40
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2024 01:19
DOI: 10.1177/0143831X10387838

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