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Community unionism and union renewal: building linkages between unions and community in Victoria, Australia

Cockfield, Sandra and Rainnie, Al and Buttigieg, Donna and Jerrard, Marjorie (2009) Community unionism and union renewal: building linkages between unions and community in Victoria, Australia. Labor Studies Journal, 34 (4). pp. 461-484. ISSN 0160-449X (print) 1538-9758 (online)

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to identify various ways unions engage with communities and to understand the obstacles that confront union–community cooperation. Qualitative data was analyzed from multiple sources, including documentary evidence and interviews with union officials and community activists. We locate the debate on community unionism within the broader literature on union renewal and revitalization. In doing this we are able to explore the potential of different forms of union–community relationships to foster union renewal. The study reveals the diversity in relationships both within and across unions and the existence of coalitions operating at different levels within union organization. While the unions in this study were actively seeking to engage with the community, not all alliances were reflective of an inclusive social and political agenda which could constitute the basis for union renewal.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID21906. social justice, Australian unionism, Victorian, inclusive social agenda, union strategy, unions
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2012 01:32
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2012 01:38
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7900
DOI: 10.1177/0160449X08324706
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