Organising and representing women's interests : a case study of a nurses' union

Elder, Ruth (1999). Organising and representing women's interests : a case study of a nurses' union PhD Thesis, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland.

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Author Elder, Ruth
Thesis Title Organising and representing women's interests : a case study of a nurses' union
School, Centre or Institute School of Political Science and International Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1999
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor -
Total pages 330
Language eng
Subjects 390116 Labour Law
321100 Nursing
Formatted abstract This dissertation is concerned with the representation of women's interests in unions. The thesis proposed is that the relationship between interests and their representation is mediated. Through an in-depth case study of a female-dominated union, the Queensland Nurses' Union of Employees, methods for shaping the identities and interests of members are investigated. The focus is on the techniques for building unity, and identifying and responding to members' demands. The structures of the union are described and the processes for choosing and prioritising among issues examined. The passage of two issues is followed. The first of these is a conventional industrial relations issue, the 38-hour week and the other, an issue commonly associated with women, is workplace-based child care. Their progress through the union, the actors implicated in their negotiation and their conclusion are compared.

Keyword Women labor union members -- Queensland
Queensland Nurses' Union of Employees
Additional Notes The author has given permission for this thesis to be made open access.

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