Unions in a Contrary World: The Future of the Australian Trade Union Movementby David Peetz
Pub. Date: 12/28/2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Australia once had extremely high levels of trade union participation yet since the 1970s the number of union members has been falling dramatically. This book gives the clearest picture vet of why people do or do not belong to unions and, in a sophisticated way, examines the reasons for union decline. Uniquely, it considers both macro and micro levels, looking at the structure of the economy and the labor market, the ideological dispositions people have toward unionism, the role of the state and the political and industrial strategies of unions.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Patterns and issues in union decline; 2. Joining and leaving; 3. Sympathy for unions; 4. Structural change in the labour market; 5. The institutional break in union membership; 6. Within the workplace; 7. The Accord and the post-Accord industrial relations order; 8. The future for Australian unions; Appendices.
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