The rise and decline of Australian unionism: a history of industrial labour from the 1820s to 2010

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Title The rise and decline of Australian unionism: a history of industrial labour from the 1820s to 2010
Author Bowden, Bradley
Journal Name Labour History
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Inc
Abstract In exploring the factors that contributed to the rise and decline of industrial labour in Australia, this article argues that support for unionism initially emerged from a working class that was a product of the country's unusual economic history. In the twentieth century the implementation of systems of compulsory arbitration, devised to mediate industrial conflict, reinforced support for unionism. In 1948, however, support for unionism peaked and a long process of decline began as the working class constituency that had provided its social anchor disintegrated as a result of structural changes in the economy. The dismantling of arbitration after 1986 exacerbated this established pattern of decline, as did a growth in precarious employment and employer anti-union strategies.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.5263/labourhistory.100.0051
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Australian Society for the Study of Labour History. 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 100
Page from 51
Page to 82
ISSN 0023-6942
Date Accessioned 2011-05-01
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40801
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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