Reviewing organisational learning strategies: one union's experience

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Fourth International conference on Researching Work and Learning, 2005, pp. 1 - 22
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This paper will report on research into a national education program aimed at elected officials and paid officers within one of Australia's largest trade unions. The program was designed to assist the union's staff and elected officials respond to the contemporary indus-trial and political conditions in the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing has experienced significant changes in work, employment and trading patterns that has resulted in large job losses over the past twenty years, and a consequent decline in union membership. In addi-tion, the impact of an enterprise focused bargaining environment and an increasingly re-strictive legal framework that limits the abilities of unions to enter workplaces, recruit and organise members has created the need for the union to develop the skills of its officials and delegates so they can carry out the union's new organising strategies.
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