The Australian union merger wave revisited

Hose, Kerrie and Rimmer, Malcolm 2002, The Australian union merger wave revisited, Journal of industrial relations, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 525-544, doi: 10.1111/1472-9296.00063.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Title The Australian union merger wave revisited
Author(s) Hose, KerrieORCID iD for Hose, Kerrie
Rimmer, Malcolm
Journal name Journal of industrial relations
Volume number 44
Issue number 4
Start page 525
End page 544
Publisher Industrial Relations Society
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2002-12
ISSN 0022-1856
Summary What factors explain the Australian trade union merger wave between 1991 and 1994? Existing explanations largely attribute it to the pro –amalgamation policy of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)and other union leaders,and to declining union membership and decentralised bargaining. This paper reviews discussion of the causes of mergers and publicly available evidence upon them. It concludes that current explanations of the merger wave are an over–simplification. The effects of ACTU leadership, official union policy,and members' views are complex and not uniform and require more disaggregated analysis. Also,there has been a tendency to overstate the importance of membership decline and decentralised bargaining and to over – look other environmental factors such as changing occupational structure. The paper cautions against the assumption that variables influencing ACTU policy also shape affiate actions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1472-9296.00063
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Industrial Relations Society
Persistent URL

Connect to link resolver
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 849 Abstract Views, 0 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Mon, 07 Jul 2008, 08:05:49 EST

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact