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Inside the Unions

A Comparative Analysis of Policy-Making in Australian and British Printing and Telecommunication Trade Unions


Ed Blisset

This book consists of a comparative analysis of policy-making in Australian and British telecommunications and printing trade unions. It tests the validity of different theoretical models of union policy-making and behaviour, whilst also assessing the strength of the book’s hypothesis, that informal micro-political influences inside unions – such as personal friendships, enmities and loyalties – affect union policy-making to a greater extent than has been previously acknowledged in the literature.
Two central questions lie at the heart of this book: How, and why, do unions adopt specific policies? What factors explain the different behaviour of similar unions, when faced with comparable policy choices?
As a former senior union officer the author realised that trade unions are often wary of publically disclosing those factors which informed their policy choices. For this reason an interview-rich methodology was adopted, which involved a seventeen-year longitudinal study, in which over 220 officers and staff of all the relevant unions, were interviewed in depth. The result is a book which throws new light on the rich and complex process of union policy-making.


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Appendix 2 List of Original Sources


Trade Union Journals Australian Telecommunication Unions CEPU Journals 1994–2012 CWU Journals 1993–1994 ATEA Journals 1976–1993 APTU Journals 1981–1993 PTTA Journals 1953–1976 NSW CEPU T&S Branch Journal 1993–1996 NSW ATEA Branch Journal 1979–1993 Victoria ATEA Branch Journal 1982–1993 NSW APTU Branch Journal 1983–1993 NSW CEPU P&T Branch Journal 1993–1996 British Telecommunication Unions CWU Journal 1995–2012 NCU Journal 1985–1995 POEU Journal 1973–1985 Australian Printing Unions AMWU Journal 1995–1997 PKIU Journal 1974–1995 NSW PKIU Branch Journal 1967–1995 342 Appendix 2 British Printing Unions Unite Journal 2008–2012 Amicus Journal 2005–2008 GPMU Journal 1992–2005 SOGAT Journals 1967–1992 NGA Journal 1973–1992 National/Federal Conference Reports and Papers Australian Telecommunication Unions CEPU, CWU Division Federal Conference Reports 1994–1996 CWU Federal Conference Reports 1993–1994 ATEA Federal Conference Reports 1975–1993 APTU Federal Conference Reports 1980–1993 British Telecommunication Unions CWU National Conference Reports 1995–1997 CWU Telecommunications Section Conference Reports 1995–1997 NCU Annual Conference Reports 1985–1994 NCU (E) Annual Conference Reports 1985–1994 NCU (C) Annual Conference Reports 1985–1994 POEU Annual Conference Reports 1972–1984 Australian Printing Unions AMWU Biennial National Conference Report 1996 PKIU Federal Conference Reports 1971–1995 List of Original Sources 343 British Printing Unions GPMU Biennial Conference Reports 1992–2005 NGA Biennial Conference Reports 1976–1991 SOGAT Biennial Conference Reports 1978–1991 In addition to these of ficial union publications, I was also granted access to the...

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