Strategic choices in pluralist and unitarist employment relations regimes: A study of Australian telecommunications

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Title Strategic choices in pluralist and unitarist employment relations regimes: A study of Australian telecommunications
Author Ross, Peter Keith; Bamber, Greg J
Journal Name Industrial and Labor Relations Review
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United States
Publisher Cornell University
Abstract Using interview data collected between 1992 and 2009, the authors explore how deregulation of the Australian telecommunications sector and re-regulation of the labor market affected employment relations (ER) strategies at Telstra, Australia's former telecommunications monopoly. Labor market re-regulation reversed much of the previous institutional support for union activity, and unions struggled to adjust to this changed institutional context. Telstra's ER strategies included large-scale downsizing and outsourcing. It moved dramatically toward unitarist (anti-union) ER approaches, with a shift away from collective bargaining toward individual employment contracts. This history raises a more general question of the extent to which employers make strategic ER choices autonomously and the extent to which such choices reflect the influence of the national institutional context. The authors conclude that while the changing institutional context—in this case, primarily government regulation—facilitated Telstra's strategic choices, management ideology was an important intervening variable in determining such choices.
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Published Yes
Publisher URI http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/ilrreview/vol63/iss1/2/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Cornell University. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 63
Issue Number 1
Page from 24
Page to 41
ISSN 0019-7939
Date Accessioned 2009-11-13
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30525
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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