Since the early 1960's there has been continuing debate on the left, in official labor and social democratic movements, and among the more far-sighted of the ruling class in all developed countries, on “ problems” of modern unionism. The social and economic basis for this preoccupation is clear enough, certainly clearer now than a decade ago. In Australia, unionism’s mettle was blunted and its old aims blurred by the relatively comfortable containment of post war economic prosperity. As with all self-perpetuating institutions, its structures and methods had become obsolete, through changes in society’s economic base and the growth of non-institutional social movements. Time, and peoples needs, had gone past the traditions of the '30’s.
Recommended CitationGifford, Charlie, New Dimensions in Unionism, Australian Left Review, 1(47), 1975, 13-19.