Strategic Unionism

  • ACTU/TDC Mission to Western Europe
Chapter

Abstract

In 1986 the ACTU and Trade Development Council (TDC) jointly funded a fact-finding mission to Sweden, Norway, Austria, West Germany and the United Kingdom. These industrialised economies are similar to the Australian economy in that they are middle-sized and largely incapable of influencing international economic conditions, yet largely subjected to them. The membership of the mission consisted of senior officers of the ACTU and its affiliated unions. It was charged with three terms of reference:
  • To examine the relations of government, unions and business and available tripartite mechanisms in the formulation and implementation of trade and related policy matters.

  • To consider the implications of technology, work organisations, education and productivity for international competitiveness.

  • To evaluate the contribution of union research, education and organisation to union participation in trade related issues.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Beggs, J.J., and Chapman, B.J., (1986). An Empirical Analysis of Australian Strike Activity: Estimating the Industrial Relations Effects of the Prices and Incomes Accord, Centre for Economic Policy Research, ANU, Discussion Paper No. 141, ANU Canberra.Google Scholar
  2. International Labour Organisation (ILO), (1985). The Trade Union Situation and Industrial Relations in Austria, ILO, Geneva.Google Scholar
  3. Hammarstrom, O., (1987). ‘Swedish Industrial Relations’ in Bamber, G., and Lansbury R., (eds) International and Comparative Industrial Relations, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.Google Scholar
  4. Higgins, W., (1985). ‘Political Unionism and the Corporatist Thesis’, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 6, pp. 349–81.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Katzenstein, J., (1984). Corporatism and Change: Austria Switzerland and the Politics of Industry, Cornell University Press, Ithaca.Google Scholar
  6. Rawson, D.W., (1986). Unions and Unionists in Australia, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.Google Scholar
  7. Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO), (1981). 80-rapporten, Stockholm, Lo/Tiden Porlag.Google Scholar
  8. Winters, S., (1986). ‘Women and the Future of Unions’, Paper delivered at the Union Strategy and Industrial Change Conference, 20–21 March, Sydney.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Bill Ford & David Plowman 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • ACTU/TDC Mission to Western Europe

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations