Australian Left Review

Article Title

State of the Unions


Joe Palmada


The questions concerning Australian unionism raised in recent issues of ALR (most notably in the contributions by Guille and McKnight, and the roundtable on women and unions, in ALR 100) should encourage further debate about the trends and developments that will ultimately radically restructure that movement and potentially alter its role and character. The question really isn't whether these changes will occur, but whether they will take positive or negative directions, and what sort of role unions can and will play in their wake.