Trade union strategy in Sydney's construction union: a Roman Catholic perspective

Leung, Jenny Kwai-Sim and James, Kieran and Mustata, Razvan V. and Bonaci, Carmen Giorgiana (2010) Trade union strategy in Sydney's construction union: a Roman Catholic perspective. International Journal of Social Economics, 37 (7). pp. 488-511. ISSN 0306-8293

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Abstract

Rudd Government ministers have talked tough towards the more militant Australian trade unions since coming to office in November 2007. However, despite this, it is still fair to say that the removal of the Howard-Costello Government reduced neo-liberal hegemony by altering the invisible balance of power between capital and labour in the construction industry. Using a set of case studies, based on data obtained from fieldwork at the New South Wales, Australia branch of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), we document key elements of union strategy at the branch level in the year immediately after the removal of the Howard-Costello Government. A key aspect of branch level strategy was building site visits by a team of organisers, led by the divisional state secretary, designed to rebuild influence on site and reconnect with workers. Furthermore, the CFMEU’s hiring of foreign language speaking organisers and production of foreign language publications is a praiseworthy attempt to reach out to ethnic minority workers and bring them under the ‘mainstream’ union umbrella. We use a theory framework of Roman Catholic social teaching to frame our discussions.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher (Emerald Publishing).
Depositing User: Dr Kieran James
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2010 10:15
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: trade unions; construction industry; religion; Marxist economics; Australia
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220307 Hermeneutic and Critical Theory
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140211 Labour Economics
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220102 Business Ethics
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950409 Workplace and Organisational Ethics
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950407 Social Ethics
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950402 Business Ethics
B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8799 Other Construction > 879999 Construction not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1108/03068291011055441
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8360

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