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Inside the Unions

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

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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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activists 3, 5, 15, 18, 20, 21, 38, 40, 46–7, 59, 60, 71, 75, 76, 78, 81, 88–9, 91–2, 95, 97, 102, 104–5, 107, 109–12, 116, 121, 125, 129, 130–2, 140, 143–4, 146–7, 151–2, 158–60, 162–3, 166–7, 171, 173–4, 176, 180, 187, 194–5, 201–2, 207, 210–12, 220–1, 223, 233–4, 239–40, 245–6, 249, 251, 254–6, 258–9, 263, 265–6, 272, 274, 281, 290, 293–5, 300, 302, 311, 315–16, 318, 324, 326–9 amalgamation 4, 7–9, 13, 31–2, 48, 51–5, 61, 63, 66, 70, 75–82, 85, 87, 95–9, 101, 104, 113–14, 117, 119–21, 125, 133–5, 137, 195–9, 202, 205, 213, 221–3, 225–9, 230–2, 234, 236–9, 243, 270, 272–7, 279, 296–9, 300–7, 309, 311, 316, 323–5, 329, 330, 336 arbitration 28, 87, 120, 126, 209, 215, 296 Australian Congress of Trade Unions (ACTU) xi, 52–4, 229, 266, 287, 296–7, 299, 301, 303–4, 306–7, 325 Australian Labor Party (ALP) xi, 12, 28, 52–4, 124–5, 128, 132, 209, 226, 282–91, 296, 300–1, 306–7, 322, 324, 336–7 Australian Postal and Telecommunica- tion Union (APTU) xi, 121, 132 n, 133, 227, 229, 246, 279, 280–5, 286–8, 290–1, 296–7, 299, 300, 301–5, 321, 324–5, 341–2 Australian Telecommunication Engineer- ing Association...

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