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"We're here to make money.  We're here to do business": Privatisation and Questions for Trade Unions

Barton, Ruth and Fairbrother, Peter 2007. "We're here to make money.  We're here to do business": Privatisation and Questions for Trade Unions. Competition and Change 11 (3) , pp. 241-259. 10.1179/102452907X212410

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Abstract

Australia has been one of the world's leading proponents of privatisation. One of the key arguments about privatisation is that it would end the inefficient state monopoly of public services and reduce the power of public sector trade unions. Within a relatively short period of the privatisation of the energy and transport sectors in Victoria Australia, there was a reconsolidation of ownership which raised new challenges for the trade unions. After this phase, the main trade unions in these two sectors took steps to meet these new circumstances to renew and rebuild their structures and strengthen their capacity to challenge the new private oligopolies. Thus, paradoxically some unions were able to open up space to renew and rebuild in the post–privatisation world.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Uncontrolled Keywords: Privatisation; Trade unions; Union renewal; Public transport
Publisher: Maney
ISSN: 1024-5294
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2020 00:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3135

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