In November 2008 Work and Organisational Studies and workSite magazine organised a conference to consider the issues confronting the trade union movement today. The conference featured papers on a range of issues, including organising strategies; union structures and values; non-union forms of employee representation; the impact of federal Labor workplace relations policy and a special session on ‘Women and Unions after WorkChoices'.
Session One: Union Responses to Neo-Liberalism
9.40-10.00: 'A New Politics? Unions NSW and the Your Rights at Work
10.00-10.20: 'From Penal Powers to WorkChoices: Union Strategies to
10.20–10.40: ‘The Struggle for Existence: Trade Union Organisation in an Enterprise Culture', Mark Hearn, Department of Modern History, Macquarie University.
11.00-11.30: Morning Tea
Session Two: Rebuilding Union Strength
12.30-1.30: Lunch and Book Launch, Tom Bramble, Trade Unionism in Australia, Cambridge University Press, launched by Professor Russell Lansbury, Work and Organisational Studies.
Session Three: Women and Unions after WorkChoices
1.50-2.10: 'Union leadership after WorkChoices: Women and men 'working for the union', Rae Cooper, Work and Organisational Studies.
Session Four: New Representations of Unionism
2.50–3.10: ‘Where's the purple cow? A marketing perspective on union membership decline', Trevor Cook, Department of Government, University of Sydney.
3.10 – 3.30: discussion
3.30-4: Afternoon Tea
Session Five: New forms of Union Structure and Organisation
4.20–4.40: ‘Non-union Collective Bargaining – Lessons from the North American Experience, 1915-1945', Greg Patmore, Work and Organisational Studies.
4.40–5: ‘Organising in a era of perpetual restructuring', Mark Westcott, Work and Organisational Studies.
Published 29 September 2008