Useful Resources

“Democracy does not exist unless it exists in the workplace.”

Prof. Richard D. Wolff, Author of Democracy at Work 


Democracy in the Workplace: The Case for Worker Directors

Published by the NWDG, January 2020, for the joint NWDG/ETUI Seminar ‘Reviving Economic Democracy in Ireland after the Crisis’


Unions – Ireland 

Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)

Communications Workers’ Union (CWU)

Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU)


Unions – Europe 

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Worker Participation EU – A Service of the ETUI 


Organisations – Ireland

Institute of Public Administration

The Institute of Public Administration exists to advance the understanding, standard and practice of public administration and public policy.

The Institute of Directors in Ireland 

The Institute of Directors in Ireland is a leading voice in the debate on improving corporate governance standards, dedicated to building better boards through enhancing the effectiveness and performance of directors and boards throughout Ireland.

National Disability Authority – Employment Publications 

People with disabilities are only half as likely to be in employment as others of working age. The National Disability Authority conducts research on employment and disability, undertakes consultation, and hosts seminars and workshops, to inform policy advice. It has also developed good practice guidelines for employers on retaining staff who acquire a disability.


Organisations – Europe

The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation 

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is an internationally operating, left non-profit organisation for civic education affiliated with Germany’s ‘Die Linke’ (Left Party). Active since 1990, the foundation has been committed to the analysis of social and political processes and developments worldwide. It works in favour of a more just world system based on international solidarity.



TASC Report – Good for Business? Worker Participation on Boards (2012)

This report, prepared with the support of the National Workers Directors Group, examines the experience of employee board participation in Ireland and draws on the findings of a consultation with worker directors, non-worker directors, executives and independent experts.

TASC Report – Mapping the Golden Circle (2010)

This report tested the question whether a small number of interconnected business people operated at the apex of Irish business during the boom years 2005-2007. Mapping the Golden Circle provides evidence of the risk of ‘groupthink’ and lack of independence at board level, and provides a basis for substantially strengthening corporate governance in Ireland.


Other Resources 

Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016) from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Employee involvement in the workplace information from the Workplace Relations Commission

Walmart and the push to put workers on company boards by Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, March 2019

If no-one owns the corporation, can we all own it? by Michael Taft, blog post from Notes on the Front, August 2016

The Executive and Board Resourcing Code from Ibec and the 30% Club

The recruitment process is an important part of achieving better performance through more diverse balance across senior decision-making roles. Ibec and the 30% Club promote a voluntary code for executive search firms to support more balanced selection, in their role as key stakeholders in changing the landscape on gender balance across senior management and on boards in Ireland.