'The Parliaments Call Them Thugs': Public Space, Identity and Union Protest

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Title 'The Parliaments Call Them Thugs': Public Space, Identity and Union Protest
Author Bailey, Janis Mary; Iveson, Kurt
Journal Name Journal of Industrial Relations
Editor Braham Dabscheck
Year Published 2000
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Industrial Relations Society of Australia
Abstract This article examines two union-led public protests against changes to industrial relations legislation—the 1996 Cavalcade to Canberra, organised by the Austra lian Council of Trade Unions, and the 1997 Third Wave campaign, organised by the Trades and Labor Council of Western Australia. The labour movement in both cases used space (in and around the environs of Canberra's and Perth's Parliament houses) for the purposes of mobilising a 'counterpublic' to challenge the respective pieces of legislation. We analyse how organisers of the campaigns used public space to create an alternative public sphere. The 1996 Canberra rally was much less successful than the 1997 Western Australian protest in using public space for the formation and represen tation of a union counterpublic. The article concludes that an understanding of the relationship between public space, the public sphere and the complexities of forming collective identities across individual differences is necessary for the effective mobilisa tion of protest by the labour movement.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/002218560004200403
Volume 42
Issue Number 4
Page from 517
Page to 534
ISSN 0022-1856
Date Accessioned 2006-07-27
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/33321
Publication Type Article in Scholarly Refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1x

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