Essays on The Future of Unions in the Australian System of Employment Relations Literature review

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The paper “ The Future of Unions in the Australian System of Employment Relations” is a well-turned variant of the literature review on human resources. An understanding of the future of unions in the Australian system of employment relations needs a critical assessment of the beginning of the Hawke Labor government. Additionally, an understanding of steps that these unions have taken towards the realization of support to workers tends to negate the conception that there is a multiplicity of unions in Australian workplaces. The recent amalgamation in trade unions points to the fact that the Australian system of employment is being consolidated to ensure that representation of workers is at maximum.

Despite these developments, the future of unions still remains a mirage noting that the responses of employers to the recent changes in union systems have been varied. Bray & Waring (2014) note that while some unions have been making attempts to introduce non-union agreements, in most cases against strong opposition from the existing workforce (we take a case of the mining industry and waterfront) these unions are still growing in number and it can be ascertained that Australian system of employment relations will be firmly protected through unions.

It has to be noted that the Australian system of employment relations is diversified and as such, there is a need to illustrate the future of unions in the Australian from the same angle. While taking consideration of such diversities, this essay critically assesses the future of unions in the Australian system of employment relations. To conceptualize the thesis statement the essay decipher current trends that have been taking place within the Australian system of employment relations and how much such trends have impacts on the sustainability and effectiveness of unions in Australia. While Australians are not anticipating a return to a centralized system of employment relations, Wright & Lansbury (2016) noted that the current system has a bearing on the functionality and effectiveness of the future of unions.

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