We're here to make money. We're here to do business: The privatised state and questions for trade unions

Barton, R and Fairbrother, P 2005, 'We're here to make money. We're here to do business: The privatised state and questions for trade unions', in Marian Baird, Rae Cooper, Mark Westcott (ed.) Reworking Work, AIRAANZ 05, Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, University of Sydney, Australia, 9-11 Feb 2005, pp. 43-50.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title We're here to make money. We're here to do business: The privatised state and questions for trade unions
Author(s) Barton, R
Fairbrother, P
Year 2005
Conference name Reworking Work, AIRAANZ 05, Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
Conference location University of Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 9-11 Feb 2005
Proceedings title Reworking Work, AIRAANZ 05, Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
Editor(s) Marian Baird, Rae Cooper, Mark Westcott
Publisher Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)
Place of publication Australia
Start page 43
End page 50
Total pages 8
Abstract Under both Labor and Liberal governments 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 ineffi cient state monopoly of public services and reduce the power of public sector trade unions. Within a relatively short period of time there has been a reconsolidation of ownership in the energy and transport sectors which raises new challenges for the trade unions. After a period of consolidation following privatisation, the main trade unions in the Victorian rail and electricity sectors have adapted to the new circumstances to renew and rebuild their structures and strengthen their capacity to challenge the new private oligopolies.
Subjects Industrial Relations
ISBN 1864876999
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