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What does the Practive Show? An Example of Self-Management in the “Uljanik” Shipyard, 1961-1968

Igor Stanić ; Pula, Croatia

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In June 1950, the National Assembly of Federal National Republic of Yugoslavia passed the Primary Act on Management in State Enterprises and Higher Economic Associations by Work Collectives. By this Act, the self-management was introduced in Yugoslavia as the foundation of social development throughout the socialist period. A few months later, self-management was introduced in the Uljanik Shipyard, and the first meeting of the works council was held in October 1950. Thereby the shipyard was given in charge to the workers’ management. In the first ten years there was one active works council and one management board on the level of the whole shipyard, and in March 1961 on a proposal from the union branch and the management board, the works council brought a decision on the establishment of yet another workers’ councils in certain plants provided that the central works council still remained on the level of the whole shipyard. In early 1968, based on the decision of the workers’ council, a referendum for the union of Uljanik with other naval shipyards was conducted, which made Uljanik a part of the united shipbuilding industry Jadranbrod with five “people from Uljanik” elected in the works council and one elected in the management board. The workers’ councils and management boards were bringing a number of decisions on workers and employees issues, as well as on the shipyard’s work. Examples like these reveal the ways in which workers participated in management, their topics of discussion and decisions, and how self-management was functioning from 1961 to 1968 on the exemplar of the Uljanik Shipyard as a case study.


Workers’ self-management, Works council, Management board, Uljanik, Croatia

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