ERIC Number: EJ992381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Learning: An Opportunity for Trade Union Renewal in Australia?
Yasukawa, Keiko; Brown, Tony; Black, Stephen
International Journal of Training Research, v10 n2 p94-104 Aug 2012
This paper first examines the current literacy and numeracy "crisis" in Australian workplaces where loss of productivity, lack of take-up in training, and skills shortages are being blamed on workers' lack of literacy and numeracy skills. Literacy and numeracy in workplaces are more complex and require alternative understandings of literacy and numeracy as well as the perspectives of workers themselves. Secondly, this paper discusses the opportunity for unions to demonstrate their stake in the education and training of workers. We ask what possibilities are there for this to happen; and what models exist from which Australian trade unions can draw? In the UK the Trade Union Congress (TUC) successfully negotiated with the Labour Government, to establish a Union Learning Fund (ULF) and give recognition to union learning representatives (ULRs), to facilitate learning for workers. The paper considers what new directions Australian unions might explore in the emerging VET policy environment.
Descriptors: Workplace Literacy, Unions, Numeracy, Foreign Countries, Barriers, Educational Practices, Labor Education, Vocational Education, Institutional Role, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Industrial Training, Change Strategies
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Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia