Whitley Council

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Whitley Council

A regular formal consultative meeting between workers and employers, which was empowered to cover issues related to pay and conditions of service, and take matters to arbitration if needed. The Councils were conceived by British politician John Henry Whitley (1866-1935).
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In a proposal resembling the British Whitley Councils plan, the AFLdominated Labor delegation called for each of the nation's industries to create a "national conference board" on which "the organized workers and associated employers" would be equally represented.
Efforts to form Whitley Councils proved to be disappointing, as most industries, including mining and engineering, failed to establish any joint councils at all.
Advocates of both extremes, though in different ways and for different reasons, rejected the controlled conflict model that was at the heart of a pluralist conception of political economy But so, too, did many of the more moderate supporters of such schemes as the Whitley Councils or the Plumb Plan, for they also envisioned the development of a political economy characterized by institutions that would foster cooperation through functional integration.