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Worker's capital: Industry funds and the fight for universal superannuation in Australia


Mees, B and Brigden, C, Worker's capital: Industry funds and the fight for universal superannuation in Australia, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, pp. 288. ISBN 9781760295523 (2017) [Authored Research Book]

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Copyright 2017 Bernard Mees and Cathy Brigden

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The first major history of Australia's unique and world-leading system of industry superannuation.

Superannuation was once a privilege granted only to company head office staff and career public servants. Now in Australia nearly all workers have access to employer-contributed superannuation, and it is a fundamental pillar of Australia's retirement income system.

Workers' Capital tells the story of the Australian superannuation revolution led by trade unions in the 1980s. After a series of hard-fought industrial campaigns, an enormous financial industry was created, involving hundreds of thousands of employers and covering millions of fund members. From having one of the worst retirement savings systems in the developed world, in three decades Australia had one of the best. Now the funds held in Australian superannuation accounts exceed the entire market capitalisation of all the companies on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Drawing on interviews with the key players and extensive archival research, Workers' Capital is the first systematic history of the unique Australian system of industry superannuation.

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Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:superannuation, industry funds, unions
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Financial services
Objective Field:Superannuation and insurance services
UTAS Author:Mees, B (Dr Bernard Mees)
ID Code:127321
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-07-20
Last Modified:2018-08-07

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