Union Membership: Australia

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dc.contributor.author Spooner, KB
dc.contributor.author Innes, CC
dc.contributor.author Mortimer, DE
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-14T07:47:23Z
dc.date.created 2010-05-14T07:47:23Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2001-01
dc.identifier.citation Employment Relations Record, 2001, 1 (1), pp. 27 - 37
dc.identifier.issn 1444-7053
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/6487
dc.description.abstract Australian trade unions prospered for much of the last century but have suffered membership decline since the late 1970s. The growth of unions in the earlier part of the twentieth century has frequently been attributed to the establishment of a centralised conciliation and arbitration system. There were, however, other significant forces at play that contributed to union growth, including the organisation and nature of work, the then-prevailing social values and the relative effectiveness of trade union strategy vis-à-vis that of the employer. Similarly, the significant decline in union membership during the 1990s was greatly influenced by the movement away from arbitrated awards to enterprise and individually based agreements. However, this trend was also impacted by a more sophisticated and manipulative human resource management, a shift in employment to new non-unionised occupations and industries, a decline in full-time employment and significant cultural changes both within unions and the workforce generally. In this paper, we outline the rise and fall of trade union membership over the past century and provide insights to the phenomena. The current incidence of unionism across various industries is examined and causal factors highlighted. Trade union strategies for addressing their membership decline are discussed and an assessment ventured as to the future of unions in Australia.
dc.publisher IERA International Employment Relations Assoc.
dc.title Union Membership: Australia
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Employment Relations Record
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Sydney, Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 27 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 37 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.School of Management en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 160510 Public Policy
dc.for 150305 Human Resources Management
dc.personcode 994905
dc.personcode 810161
dc.personcode 104052
dc.percentage 50 en_US
dc.classification.name Human Resources Management en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)
utslib.collection.history Uncategorised (ID: 363)

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