Trade unions, new technology, and industrial democracy in Australia

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Internationally, two basic strategies have been adopted for the macro-management of the industrial relations issues arising from recent technological change. The first has been one of tripartite consultative planning, whereas the second has allowed ‘market forces’ a free hand in determining the nature of technological change in industry. Since 1983 Australia has begun to shift from the second to the first approach, because of changes in the political and legal climate, and in the strategy of the ACTU and some important unions. Nevertheless, the impact of these changes is gradual.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-145
Number of pages22
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • ACTU
  • industrial democracy
  • technology
  • telecommunications
  • trade unions


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