Union Membership: Australia

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dc.contributor.author Spooner, Keri en_US
dc.contributor.author Innes, Colin en_US
dc.contributor.author Mortimer, Dennis en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-14T07:47:23Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-14T07:47:23Z
dc.date.created 2010-05-14T07:47:23Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.date.issued 2001 en_US
dc.identifier 2004004490 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Spooner Keri, Innes Colin, and Mortimer Dennis 2001, 'Union Membership: Australia', IERA International Employment Relations Assoc., vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 27-37. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1444-7053 en_US
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-a-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. en_US
dc.publisher IERA International Employment Relations Assoc. en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon en_US
dc.title Union Membership: Australia en_US
dc.parent Employment Relations Record en_US
dc.journal.volume 1 en_US
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 150305 en_US
dc.personcode 810161 en_US
dc.personcode 994905 en_US
dc.personcode 104052 en_US
dc.percentage 50 en_US
dc.classification.name Human Resources Management en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.staffid 104052 en_US

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