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Trade unions and industrial regeneration in North West Tasmania: moving beyond lock-in?


Barton, R, Trade unions and industrial regeneration in North West Tasmania: moving beyond lock-in?, Environment and Planning A, 53, (2) pp. 332-348. ISSN 0308-518X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0308518X20949264


As the North West coast of Tasmania, Australia, has deindustrialised, the regionís unions have lost membership, power and relevance. This process of deindustrialisation opens up possibilities for the unions to become involved in regeneration as regional development actors and, by moving outside the workplace and engaging with the community, renew and revitalise themselves. But many unions have found it difficult to move beyond their traditional forms of action and relationships. This article uses the concept of lock-in, and draws on semi-structured interviews, two forums and a workshop, to detail the way the North West coast unions attempted to break from the confines of the workplace and out into the community. Their attempts to do this were uneven and contested. They were, to varying degrees, locked-in and constrained by their traditional relationships with politicians and their own members. At another level they were locked-out from participating in regeneration decisions by long standing relationships between governments and business and their antagonism towards the unions. Although the unions attempted to reimagine themselves, there remained a pattern of regional lock-in where long-standing relationships continued and limited and hindered the unionsí ability to participate in regeneration debates and activities.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:trade unions, deindustrialisation, lock-in, labour agency, labour geography
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Employment patterns and change
UTAS Author:Barton, R (Dr Ruth Barton)
ID Code:141027
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2020-09-18
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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