Labour Matters: The Recomposition of Trade Union Action in a Globalising Era: Australia and Canada1983-2003

  • Lipsig-Mumme, Carla (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Hancock, Linda (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Lambert, R (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • McBride, Stephen (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Trade unions are struggling to craft innovative responses to globalisation's pressures, while seeking to shore up their traditional role in 'porous' national economies. We compare Australia with Canada 1983-2003: semi-peripheral countries facing similar pressures from globalisation, but responding differently in governance and trade union action. Labour innovation is set against the backdrop of changes in employment regulation and employment security. We examine innovation through national and transnational union campaigns that parallel in two countries, to evaluate innovation in Australia. Postgraduate research training in internationally comparative social science methodology is provided and results disseminated in academic, practitioner and public fora.
Effective start/end date1/01/043/09/08


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$125,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$45,000.00
  • Monash University
  • Deakin University
  • University of Western Australia