Trade Unionism in 2005

Alison Barnes*

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In 2005, the primary focus of union activity was on the WorkChoices legislation, the passage of which was made possible by the Coalition Government's post-June 2005 Senate majority. Unions responded by concentrating media and community attention on the threat posed to working conditions and workplace fairness. Although it proved impossible to prevent the Bill's passing, the unions’ ‘Your Rights at Work’ campaign succeeded in raising public awareness and generating widespread opposition to the Bill. This review explores key elements of the campaign and the implications for unions of the new industrial environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-383
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Industrial Relations
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • collective bargaining
  • industrial action
  • right of entry
  • trade unions
  • WorkChoices


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