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  • Power Of The British Trade Union Movement
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    Trade unions in Britain have existed for over two hundred years. In the early 19th century, trade unions were outlawed for being anti-competitive but by the early 20th century there were two million trade union members and this rose to a peak of over thirteen million in 1979. However, in the 1980's there was a sharp fall in the number of trade union members. There are a number of possible explanations for this radical change in trade union membership in the 1980's but I feel that there are three...
  • Powerful Unions Into Industrial Action
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    When discussing power and its implications, one must take into account several key things: who the proponents are, what positions they hold, and what they have to gain from exercising power. Generally, it is obvious when power is employed, it is one group contesting the other, and an outcome is achieved by the exercise of power, usually by the group in the strongest position. However, often, relations become distorted when institutionalised power is at play, and likewise with people power groups...
  • New System Of Employer And Employee Relations
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    This paper will critically review the major opposing perspectives on arbitration and industrial relations, with particular attention to how government regulation and intervention relate to the changes made to the system after 1996. The major focus of this brief paper will be to demonstrate that Howard's industrial relations policies resemble those of the late 1800's, where the Master and Servant Act's regulated the relationships between employer and employee. These were replaced with the introdu...
  • Union Shop Agreement In Labor Relations
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    Collective Bargaining, in labor relations, negotiations between employers and employees about terms and conditions of employment. The bargaining process is concerned with wages, working hours, fringe benefits, job Security, safety, and other matter relating to working conditions. Any or all of these may be the subject of consideration. Besides representatives of management and unions, private mediators and government officials sometimes participate, especially when a major or vital industry is i...
  • Future Of The Trade Union Movement
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    A trade union is an independant self-regulating organization of workers created to protect and advance the interests of its members through collective action. Over recent years, it has become fashionable in many quarters to write off Britains trade unions, to label them as obsolete institutions out of touch with new realities and incapable of change. In todays world of individual employment contracts, performance-related pay schemes, Human Resource and Total Quality Management and all the other ...
  • Decline In Australian Union Membership
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    TOPIC - The major issue tody facing the Australian trade union movement has been the decline in union density. What have been the causes, and how have the unions responded to the challenge. Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in 2000, show that the decline in Australian union membership continues, despite the efforts of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), to stop the slide. The ABS reports that trade union membership has dropped to 28 percent of the total wor...
  • Union Protection Of The Worker
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    The Role Of Unions in Society In the past, unions were established to protect the dignity and the basic rights of the worker. Union protection of the worker is genuine in well-established countries. Unfortunately, in third world countries workers do not enjoy the benefits of suitable wages, sick leave, and respect from their employer. At the Kuk-Dong textile factory in Mexico workers complain of poverty wages, hunger, and getting sick on the job and not being allowed time off. Nike, who contract...
  • Benefits Of Non Union Employers
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    Labor unions are defined as 'an organization of workers acting together to negotiate their wages and working conditions with employers' (Kapoor, 277). Unions first began as early as the 1700's. The first types of unions started as organizations of skilled persons working together in a single trade, for example, printers. These types of unions were usually limited to small city areas and often only lasted for a short period of time. In the mid 1880's, improved transportation allowed for newer mar...
  • Bargaining Representative Of Employees
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    Essay Question: Identify and explain the major issues relative to the unionization process and what organizations do to make it difficult to implement the process relative to unfair practices. Cite sources and examples. Introduction I intend to explain in great detail the major issues relative to the unionization process, the act, which governs, and the independent agency, which polices it. I will also show what organizations do to make it difficult to implement the process relative to unfair pr...
  • Employer Associations Deal With Industrial Relations Issues
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    Industrial relations in Australia is undergoing considerable change. The counterpart organisations to unions for employees are, of course, employer associations. This paper argue that employer associations exist to provide to employers, services to enable them to cope with the demands of unions and the complexities of employing staff in terms of wages to be paid and other legal obligations under awards, health and safety legislation, workers' compensation provisions and other industrial legislat...
  • Non Union Labor
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    The 1998 Waterfront Dispute was described by John Howard (the Prime Minister) as a defining moment in Australia's industrial relations history. It represented a change in government strategy from the Labor Government's partisan stance to the Liberal Government's provocative stance. Discuss. a) the extent to which this statement reflects the change in policy accurately: and b) the extent to which this change affects the contemporary practice of employment relations. During the time period from 19...
  • Protection And Industrial Arbitration And Conciliation
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    In a time of social unrest and industrial action was becoming a common place. A few sort to rectify the problem. These liberal reformers included Charles Kingston, Alfred Deakin and Justice Higgins who were influential in bringing about the establishment of arbitration. This paper will discuss what these liberal reformers did to establish arbitration and why did they favour this type of form of industrial regulation. Also, what the response was of employers and unions to this type of industrial ...
  • Employment And Trade Union Law
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    Industrial relations are transactions, and activities affecting the determination and enforcement of the terms and conditions of employment. The main parties involved are the trade unions and their employers. Industrial Revolution referrers to the developments that changed Great Britain, in the 18th century, from a largely rural population making a living almost completely from agriculture to a town-centred society engaged increasingly in factory manufacture. Other European nations followed the ...
  • Three Approaches To Labor Unions
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    Labor unions affect the daily lives of many citizens (Mackinaw, 2001) dramatic and powerful, though often indirect and hidden ways. Everyone from blue collar factory workers, white collared accountants, soccer moms, and business owners to elementary school students, retirees, are affected every day be the organized labor movement. Fewer, Howe ever, understand the legal and historical role labor unions have played and continue to play in the economy, politics and culture. From the Teamsters to th...
  • Trade Union Recognition Agreement
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    1.0 Introduction This report addresses the introduction of trade union recognition agreements and its role in the 21st century workplace. The report commences with the definition of trade unions and what the aims, objectives and prime functions are. We then go on to look at the structure and trade unions and identify who is involved within this organisation. Once we have distinguished trade unions, we proceed further and take a look at the role of the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), (the or...
  • Collective Bargaining Between Employees And Trade Unions
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    Definition of collective bargaining: " Employees do not negotiate individually and on their own behalf, but do so collectively though representative". (The Donovan Commission, 1968). Collective bargaining can be defined as an arrangement for settling wages and conditions of employment by an agreement between an employer, and an association of employees. It has been regarded traditionally e.g. by Webbs (1902), as the collective alternative to individual bargaining. "It is not an act of exchange i...
  • Decline In Australian Trade Unions
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    INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS Are Australian trade unions in terminal decline? At 25.7 per cent of the workforce, membership of the Australian trade union movement is now at its lowest level since its official recording began, and this decline does not appear to be showing any signs of relent. Unfortunately, Australian trade unions are in terminal decline. The reasons for this are; a structural shift in the labour market, macroeconomic variables, a shift in institutional and organisational ideologies tow...

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