Varieties of collaboration: The case of an Australian retail union

Price, Robin A., Bailey, Janis, & Pyman, Amanda (2014) Varieties of collaboration: The case of an Australian retail union. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25(6), pp. 748-761.

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Much has been written about varieties of collaboration and the interplay between conflict and collaboration in industrial relations. This paper explores the preconditions, processes and outcomes associated with the collaborative strategies of an Australian retail trade union: the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association. The data were collected from an extensive series of interviews with officials and organisers within the union across all Australian states. We find that despite taking a servicing approach, and indeed never aggressively organising members, the union has managed to achieve a range of outcomes that exceed retail employment conditions in other countries. We argue that this is partly a result of the Australian legislative framework, which is inherently pluralist and supportive of collective bargaining. This environment, whereby unions are not forced to fight to represent members, can be conducive to collaborative employment relations, particularly in industries where the parties do not adopt an adversarialist stance.

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ID Code: 56121
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 19 Dec 2012.
The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on June 2014.
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Keywords: Collaboration, Employment Relations, Mutual Gains, Partnership, Retail Unions
DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2012.743477
ISSN: 1466-4399
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Deposited On: 08 Jan 2013 02:38
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2015 11:45

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