The dilemmas of union capacity: organising the entertainment industry

Coles, A and Fairbrother, P 2013, 'The dilemmas of union capacity: organising the entertainment industry', in Osbaldiston, N; Strong, C; Forbes-Mewett, H (ed.) Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations: 50 years of Australian Sociology, Melbourne, Australia, 25-28 November 2013, pp. 1-10.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title The dilemmas of union capacity: organising the entertainment industry
Author(s) Coles, A
Fairbrother, P
Year 2013
Conference name Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations: 50 years of Australian Sociology (TASA 2013)
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 25-28 November 2013
Proceedings title Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations: 50 years of Australian Sociology
Editor(s) Osbaldiston, N; Strong, C; Forbes-Mewett, H
Publisher The Australian Sociological Association
Place of publication Melbourne
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Abstract For much of the recent history of trade unionism, organisation has been the focus of debate within and about trade unions. The foundation for union organisation is the workplace, where members work and are employed. Equally, unions organise for purpose, seeking to protect members' economic and political interests as well as promoting a more just and equitable society. To interrogate the interaction between union purpose and organization, and how that relates to union capacity in an increasingly precarious employment landscape, we examine unions in the film and television production sector. The focus is on the international film and television industry, although principle reference is to the Canadian and US labour markets as the foundation for the employment precarity in the industry. The complexity of ownership structures, work practices and employment models in the film and television production sector make it an exemplary case to draw out the contemporary challenges facing unions more generally.
Subjects Social Theory
Copyright notice © 2013 TASA
ISBN 9780646911267
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