Why the 20th Century Model of Unionism Isn't Working

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Why the 20th Century Model of Unionism Isn't Working

From an all-time peak of 61% in the 1950s, the number of workers who are in unions now stands at just 15%. Yet exploitation is rife. There are new forms of work that create an uneven playing field and

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From an all-time peak of 61% in the 1950s, the number of workers who are in unions now stands at just 15%. Yet exploitation is rife. There are new forms of work that create an uneven playing field and put the workplace relations system under strain. So there are two problems: we need more unions standing up for workers and they need a better legal framework to draw on. That is the premise of the ACTU’s #ChangeTheRules campaign. But of themselves these changes won’t make unions grow; they still have to make an effort.