Sydney's construction union strategy and immigrant worker issues: a Roman Catholic-Marxist perspective

Leung, Jenny Kwai-Sim and James, Kieran (2010) Sydney's construction union strategy and immigrant worker issues: a Roman Catholic-Marxist perspective. Spire Publishing, Toronto, Canada. ISBN 978-1-926635-40-8

Abstract

Based on fieldwork data gained through co-operation with the Sydney, 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 Government in 2007. A key aspect of branch level strategy was building site visits by a team of organisers designed to rebuild influence on sites 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. Through a set of micro-cases we detail migrant worker exploitation in the industry in Sydney and document a dedicated organizational strategy of humanitarian union action towards these workers which both goes beyond the normal expectations of union membership. 'Roman Catholic social teaching' and 'Marxism' inform our discussions.


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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © Jenny Kwai-Sim Leung and Kieran James. Held USQ Library 361.7660994 Leu
Depositing User: Dr Kieran James
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2010 02:25
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: construction industry; immigrant workers; Marxism; Roman Catholic social teaching; Sydney; trade unions; union strategy
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations
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
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950409 Workplace and Organisational Ethics
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8666

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