Essays on The Decline of Trade Union Membership in Australia Annotated Bibliography

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The paper "The Decline of Trade Union Membership in Australia" is an outstanding example of a management annotated bibliography.   In the twentieth century, trade unions were an important factor in the labor market and political arena of Australia. At that time, labor movements were strong and influential. Now, in the twenty-first century, the trade union membership is declining day by day and many researchers argue that “ organized labor seems headed for extinction” . The power and influence of trade unions depend on their ability to attract and nurture new members but now unionism is declining.

The weakness of some labor movement and their unjustified demands are some apparent causes behind the falling membership of the trade union members. It also raises many concerns and questions on the capacity of the trade union membership and on the future of the trade union membership in Australia and many other countries where the trade union membership is declining rapidly. Thus, I have selected four articles that are relevant to my selected and topic and done Annotated bibliography to understand and analyzed all of the articles thoroughly.

All four articles give a different perspective on my selected topic. The annotated bibliography of all the four articles is discussed below: Annotated bibliography of Journal Article 1 Benson, J. & Brown, M., 2010. Employee voice: does union membership matter? Human Resource Management Journal, 20(1), pp. 80-99. In this article “ Employee voice: does union membership matter? ” the importance of union membership has been discussed. The author explains that union membership is the only way through which an employee can express his thoughts, feelings, and grievances. The union membership is an employee voice. Moreover, it has also been used by the employee for giving his suggestions and opinions of the management of the organization.

In addition, the author has also explained other non-union voice mechanism and negative impacts of union membership in various organizational levels. I have selected this article because it covers a different perspective on the same topic. The aim of the research is to find the positive as well as the negative impacts of both union and non-union membership of the organization. The research methodology that has been selected for conducting the research is the quantitative approach.

The research was carried out by the scientific research organization. The sample of 2949 public employees has been selected. The interpretation was based on the factor analysis method. Different employees and their perception, of union voice, have been analyzed with the help various variable that has been set by the researcher. The research focuses on the voice mechanism of the employee to understand the perception of the different employees about the management of the organization. Moreover, the author also tried to explain the contribution and impact of union members on the employee perception of voice.

In such a way it covers the impacts of employee voice and the importance of union membership in the organization. The research is very useful and relevant to my research topic as well. As my research topic is “ decline of trade union membership in Australia” , this research article not only explains the decline of union membership but also discusses the other new direct non-union voice mechanism that recently has been introduced in the various organizations. The new non-union voice mechanism is an important technique that is used to understand the perception advice on the different level of organization.

Thus, this article will not provide a basis for my research topic, but it gives useful supplementary information. One of the biggest limitations of this research it limits is data gathering to only one organization just to cover the members of the same trade union. The sample can be chosen from a variety of organizations, it can be public or private as well. The limiting data gathering has narrowed the scope of the research.

Different samples of the employees of a different organization can provide more accurate results than to limit the data sampling to one organization. The conclusion that has been drawn by the Author is that the union has some negative impacts on the employee perception of voice but only at the organizational level. These results are based on the findings of one organization. Moreover, it has also concluded that the employee voice is an alternative mechanism for the trade union and this mechanism is of great importance at various organizational levels.

Thus, this article does not provide the basis for my research topic. It can only help as a supplementary knowledge, but at the same time, it provides a new concept of employees’ voice. The employee voice mechanism can be used as the alternative option among the non-union members of the employee and also helpful where the trend of a trade union is declining in the country like Australia.


A.Pyman, 2015. Unmet Demand for Union Membership in Australia. Journal of Industrial Relations, 51(1), p. 5–24.

Benson & Brown, 2010. Employee voice: does union membership matter?. Human Resource Management Journal,, 20(1), pp. 80-99.

C.Waddoups, 2005. Trade Union Decline and union wage effects in Australia. A Journal of Economy and Society, 44(4), pp. 607-24.

Schnabel, C., 2012. Union Membership and Density: Some (Not So) Stylized Facts and Challenges. IZA , 1(8), pp. 1-38.

Wilson & Spies-Butcher, 2011. When Labor Makes a Difference: Union Mobilization and the 2007 Federal Election in Australia. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 1(7), pp. 1007-1080.

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