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Abstract

The ‘uncharted waters’ in the title of Greg Mallory’s book refers to the idea of trade unions adopting the broad, long-term function of social responsibility, as well as being concerned with the short-term issues of wages and conditions. The argument is that trade unions should join with people and forces in the wider community, adopt principled moral positions and tackle social, economic, and political problems as a matter of course. The metaphorical waters are uncharted in the sense few trade unions internationally, or within Australia, have adopted this wider function as central to their agendas.

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