Australian union strategies since 1945

Bramble, Tom (2001) Australian union strategies since 1945. Labour and Industry, 11 3: 1-25.

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Author Bramble, Tom
Title Australian union strategies since 1945
Journal name Labour and Industry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1030-1763
Publication date 2001-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 25
Total pages 25
Editor Ray Jureidini
Belinda Probert
Iain Campbell
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Centre for Workplace Culture Change, RMIT
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject 350203 Industrial Relations
Formatted abstract
The purpose of this article is to advance a model of union strategy and to test it using evidence of Australian unionism in the period since 1945. The model is based on several premises: first, that union practices are not the product of random choices but tend to result from overarching mutually-reinforcing strategies. Second, that the overall strategy of a given union is driven by its choice of bargaining strategy. Choice in this field has a strong if not determining influence on external relations with employers, the state and other unions, as well as internal relations within the union itself, and staffing practices. Finally, the model incorporates a feedback loop, with choices in the area of external relations, internal relations and staffing practices having an influence on bargaining strategy. The article then uses evidence of Australian union practices drawn from a variety of sources to test this model.
Keyword Trade unionism
Bargaining strategies
Organising model
Collective bargaining
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