Structure and ideology : reworking the labour movement

Harvey, Donna Maree (2006) Structure and ideology : reworking the labour movement. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


During the 1990s within Australia, a regulated industrial relations system which had fostered the growth of collective bargaining and trade unionism was dismantled and replaced by a neo-liberal approach to labour law. During this period trade union membership declined dramatically. Although overall union density has dropped, some unions have managed to arrest membership decline. The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia and the National Tertiary Education Industry Union have successfully traversed the neo-liberal environment despite having adopted different processes. Through an analysis of both external and internal contingencies of these two successful but different union types, lessons were drawn as to effective forms of unionism. A comparative analysis of the empirical information suggest the benefits of a participative structure and collective ideology to enact a range of activities including industrial, political, solidarity and service. It is through this process that unions have the best possible means to generate alternative methods of social organisation to protect the rights and wellbeing of wage earners within a neo-liberal political economy.

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ID Code: 16236
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Guille, Howard & Williamson, Angela
Keywords: Australia, trade unionism, industrial relations, neo-liberalism
Divisions: ?? School of Humanities and Human Services ??
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Department: QUT Carseldine
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Donna Maree Harvey
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:59
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:45

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