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Labor Revitalization: Global Perspectives and New Initiatives

ISBN: 978-0-76230-882-8, eISBN: 978-1-84950-153-8

Publication date: 2 October 2003


Revitalization or regeneration has become an increasingly urgent task for Australian unions. This is largely due to the longer-term chronic decline in membership of organised trade unions and the increasingly hostile political and legal climate faced by Australian trade unions. Pessimistic scenarios presented by neo-liberal politicians and commentators have trade unions dissolving into obscurity over time as their relevance in an advanced post-industrial society declines. More optimistic scenarios, in part based on the recent experience of labor movements in the U.K. and Canada, see the difficult current climate as an opportunity to re-evaluate union strategies, structures and policies.


Cooper, R., Westcott, M. and Lansbury, R.D. (2003), "LABOR REVITALIZATION? THE CASE OF AUSTRALIA", Cornfield, D.B. and Mccammon, H.J. (Ed.) Labor Revitalization: Global Perspectives and New Initiatives (Research in the Sociology of Work, Vol. 11), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 183-205.



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