Jan du Plessis, chairman of British-Australian mining group Rio Tinto, reckons workforce representation on remuneration committees would be unhelpful as it would artificially separate discussions on remuneration from those on corporate strategy. Du Plessis, a South African, does acknowledge the importance of public perception in determining attitudes to executive remuneration. Du Plessis was one the many witnesses providing evidence to a UK parliamentary committee inquiry on corporate governance. The committee, whose research was focused on executive pay, directors’ duties and the composition of boardrooms, did not see worker representation as a disadvantage. It believes worker representation would ensure greater involvement of workers with company strategy. "We believe that consultation with workers throughout the organisation is a vital element of improving trust and gaining support for proposals," the committee noted in its recently released report. The committee’s wide-reaching ...

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