A Peculiar History: Queensland Unions, 1916-2009

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Title A Peculiar History: Queensland Unions, 1916-2009
Author Bowden, Bradley
Book Title Work & Strife in Paradise: The History of Labour Relations in Queensland 1859-2009
Editor Bradley Bowden, Simon Blackwood, Cath Rafferty, Cameron Allan
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Annandale, Sydney
Publisher The Federation Press
Abstract Between 1916 and 2009 the strength of Queensland's unions waxed and waned. As was the case elsewhere in Australia, they benefited when compulsory arbitration was introduced and suffered when it was dismantled. But Queensland differed from the national norm in that for almost half a century after 1916 its workers were more likely to be unionists. This chapter argues that the extraordinary success of Queensland unionism, and its steady decline since the 1960s, must primarily be attributed to economic factors. The growth in rural employment after 1916 favoured union membership. When mechanisation subsequently decimated this workforce Queensland unionism lost its strength.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862877528
Alternative URI http://www.federationpress.com.au
Chapter Number 3
Page from 36
Page to 53
ISBN 978 1 86287 752 8
Date Accessioned 2010-01-21
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29386
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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