Journal article

Trade Union Ambivalence Toward Enforcement of Employment Standards as an Organizing Strategy

Ingrid Landau, John Howe

Theoretical Inquiries in Law | Walter de Gruyter GmbH | Published : 2016


Trade unions in Australia have long played an important role in the enforcement of minimum employment standards. The legislative framework today continues to recognize this enforcement role, but in a way that is more individualistic and legalistic than in the past. At the same time that the law has evolved to emphasize the representation and servicing role of trade unions, the Australian union movement has sought to revitalize and grow through the adoption of an “organizing model” of unionism that emphasizes workplace-level activism. This Article explores how these seemingly opposing trends have manifested themselves in the enforcement-related activities of five trade unions. Considerable di..

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