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Reformers or Resisters? The State of Police Unionism in Australia


Fleming, J and Marks, M, Reformers or Resisters? The State of Police Unionism in Australia, Employment Relations Record, 4, (1) pp. 1-14. ISSN 1444-7053 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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The ‘insider’ status of Australian police unions has contributed significantly to their success in improving the welfare and interests of police. Through interviews with senior police union leaders, this paper offers a police union officials’ perspective of how unions engage with governments and management to achieve their objectives. We ask, how do they see their role? How do they perceive the changing nature of policing? To what extent does their insider status constrain them? How are they adapting to the changing contours of a workplace under threat of change through reorganisation? In analysing these interviews, the paper suggests that Australian police unions are constrained in their progress by their ambiguity about their role, their conservative self-perceptions and their limited ambition to step outside the industrial sphere and embrace the changing world of policing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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:Professions and professionalisation
UTAS Author:Fleming, J (Professor Jenny Fleming)
ID Code:44909
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2007-06-27
Last Modified:2012-01-19

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