A portrait of Australian trade union officials

Bramble, Tom (2001) A portrait of Australian trade union officials. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 39 4: 529-537. doi:10.1111/1467-8543.00213

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Author Bramble, Tom
Title A portrait of Australian trade union officials
Journal name British Journal of Industrial Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-1080
Publication date 2001-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-8543.00213
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 39
Issue 4
Start page 529
End page 537
Total pages 10
Editor Stephen Wood
Place of publication London
Publisher Blackwell
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject 350203 Industrial Relations
720402 Industrial relations
Formatted abstract
Details are given of the chief characteristics of Australia's trade union officials, using data drawn from the 1986 and 1996 Australian Censuses of Population and Housing. This research note provides an update of research published by a number of authors. Unlike previous work, however, use of Census data allows for direct comparisons of the characteristics of union officials with those of union members or, where such data are not available, with the employed workforce.
© Blackwell Publishers Ltd/London School of Economics 2001
Keyword Union officials
Industrial relations
Trade unions
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Additional Notes Originally published as Bramble, Tom (2001)A Portrait Of Australian Trade Union Officials, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 39 (4): 529-537. Copyright 2001 Blackwell Publishing. All rights reserved.

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