This study aims to describe and explain the barriers and channels to effective representation of casual workers in Australian unions
ARC Discovery Grant
The study uses analysis of ABS data, a survey of casual workers, semi-structured interviews with union officials, and case-studies of union campaigns. It offers an innovative multi-disciplinary framework for analysis of two of the most significant and interlocking trends affecting Australian workplaces: the growth of casual work and the decline of union influence. Outcomes will include published contributions to the international academic literature on labour restructuring and union renewal and a policy-orientated discussion paper for an Australian audience.
Key RMIT researchers: Iain Campbell, Jenny Chalmers and Robyn May