By David Peetz

ISBN-10: 052163055X

ISBN-13: 9780521630559

ISBN-10: 0521639506

ISBN-13: 9780521639507

Australia as soon as had super excessive degrees of exchange union participation but because the Nineteen Seventies the variety of union contributors has been falling dramatically. This e-book provides the clearest photograph but of why humans do or don't belong to unions and, in a worldly method, examines the explanations for union decline. Uniquely, it considers either macro and micro degrees, taking a look at the constitution of the financial system and the exertions marketplace, the ideological inclinations humans have towards unionism, the function of the country and the political and commercial techniques of unions.

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Although other influences have been identified as leading to the growth of unionisation in some industries (Sheldon 1993), it is clear that substantial union growth followed the establishment of arbitration. For many years Australia had the highest rate of union density in the world (Scherer 1983: 170). 3 shows union density in the union census from 1911 onwards. Union density rose sharply until 1920. It dipped for a few years and then resumed an upwards path to peak at 58 per cent in 1927. It then fell sharply during the Great Depression, to no more than 43 per cent in 1934.

The focus is initially on answers to some openended questions posed by the surveys, followed by a discussion of union propensity (whether employees prefer to be in a union); the instrumentality of union membership; satisfaction with unions; responsiveness of unions; and aspects of the management-employee relationship. Union Membership in the Surveys Before discussing attitudinal data from the employee surveys, we need to know something about union membership in each of the surveys. 1. Union density is higher in the workplacebased surveys (SEMSE and AWlRS95) than in the household-based surveys (AES and LCS-96), in part because workplaces with less than 31 UNIONS IN A CONTRARY WORLD 32 20 employees were excluded from the sample and perhaps because managers in some non-union workplaces are less likely to let their employees participate in surveys than managers in unionised workplaces.

A 1983 survey had shown that a number of companies refused to allow certain supervisors or 'staff to remain in a union (NSW ADB 1983:282). Supervision, in itself, is not the issue. Other SEMSE data showed that, on average, employees who reported that they supervised other employees were no more likely than nonsupervisors to be union leavers. In many instances, former union members had moved to non-union workplaces. In LCS-96, some twofifths of union leavers were in non-union workplaces. Employees who had never been members, on the other hand, were more likely to cite union failures to contact potential members to inform them about the union and request they join as their reason for non-membership.

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