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The State, Labour Management and Union Marginalisation at Electrolytic Zinc, Tasmania, 1920-48


Barton, R, The State, Labour Management and Union Marginalisation at Electrolytic Zinc, Tasmania, 1920-48, Labour History, 101 pp. 53-70. ISSN 0023-6942 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5263/labourhistory.101.0053


While there has been considerable debate about arbitrationís role in framing union strategy and tactics, its impact on managerial strategy and subordinating labour has been less explored. Electrolytic Zinc had a strategy of using the industrial regulation system, particularly the Tasmanian wages boards, and participative structures to marginalise trade unions for 15 years. However, these measures failed to completely suppress unionism and encouraged the emergence of company based-unionism. Whilst an initial attempt to form a new companybased union failed, the second was successful and its emergence and form emerged from the interplay between the arbitral system and Electrolytic Zincís participative structures.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmania, Electrolytic Zinc, trade unions, Wages Boards
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Barton, R (Dr Ruth Barton)
ID Code:136159
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2019-12-03
Last Modified:2020-05-05

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