Trade Union Responses to Outsourcing in Australia

Van Gramberg, Bernadine, Teicher, Julian and Holland, Peter (2002) Trade Union Responses to Outsourcing in Australia. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


Australia has witnessed a rapid growth in outsourcing over the last decade. Explanations of the rise of outsourcing tend to emphasise economic and human resource management factors and neglect the collective dimension. However, outsourcing has been identified as a means of individualising the employment relationship and reducing union influence. This has been evident across both the public and private sector in Australia. Indeed, over the last decade the public sector has been a clear leader in outsourcing initiatives. This paper focuses on trade union strategies for maintaining a pro-active position within workplaces that embrace an outsourcing approach to work organisation.

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Item type Monograph (Working Paper)
DOI 12
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords trade union; Australia; outsourcing; employment relationship; union influence
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