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ERIC Number: EJ758762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0010-8146
Social Capital and the Trade Unions: Reciprocity, or Understanding the Ties that Bind Us?
Whaites, Michael
Convergence, v38 n1 p25-40 2005
Australia once enjoyed the highest union density in the world but is now facing a "crisis of membership". Trade union membership and density have been in decline in Australia since the late 1970s with a 50 percent decrease in density since 1990. The Australian Bureau of Statistics currently puts trade union density at around 25 percent of the workforce. This article discusses the reasons for the decline in membership and density. In this article, the author presents definitions of social capital and discusses Australian politics in relation to social capital and the unions. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia