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What makes organising work? A model of the stages and facilitators of organizing

Rosaria Burchielli () and Timothy Bartram ()
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Rosaria Burchielli: Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University
Timothy Bartram: Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University

No 2007.01 EDIRC Provider-Institution: RePEc:edi:smlatau, Working Papers from School of Economics, La Trobe University

Abstract: This paper analyses the organising approach to unionisation. We advance a model proposing that organising occurs incrementally through a three-stage process which is facilitated by psychological/ideological, structural and experiential factors. The model is further explored using Australian interview data from 98 union officials across three unions. Rather than finding, as current literature suggests, that Australian unions are combining the philosophies of servicing and organising, we find that the unions in this study embrace the philosophy of organising, and have only attained the early stages of organising. The paper finds support for the model and findings suggest that unions may adopt more advanced stages of organising in the continued presence of certain facilitators.

Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2007-03
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