Activism Amongst Workplace Union Delegates

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Title Activism Amongst Workplace Union Delegates
Author Peetz, David Robert; Webb, Carol; Jones, Meredith
Journal Name International Journal of Employment Studies
Editor Richard Morris & Dennis Mortimer
Year Published 2002
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Centre for Employment Relations, University of Western Sydney
Abstract Developing activism amongst workplace delegates is at the heart of the shift to an 'organising' approach and to union renewal in Australia. We undertook two surveys, of 825 and 102 workplace delegates in the Finance Sector Union, and found that training is particularly important by comparison with experience in explaining delegate activism. Building confidence is critical - more so than building self-perceived skills. Women delegates are less confident than men, but on most measures any lower activism by women is due to lower training and their workplace location. Successful recruitment depends not just on developing the confidence to ask new employees to join, it depends on developing confidence and skills in undertaking a broad range of 'organising' behaviours. Managerial hostility increases activism, and contact between organisers and delegates is important to maintaining activism and developing commitment.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2002 IERA. 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 10
Issue Number 2
Page from 83
Page to 108
ISSN 1039-6993
Date Accessioned 2003-04-14
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Subject PRE2009-Industrial Relations
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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