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Australian Left Review

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Trade unions: today's challenge


Pat Clancy


A trade union leader says there is need for re-thinking on the role of trade unions in Australia today. The role of the trade union movement in the present period of rapid technological change is the subject o f great discussion. Much of this discussion takes the form of learned discourses by so-called industrial experts, their comments often being thinly disguised propaganda against trade unionism, usually taking the form that the trade unions are old fashioned, capitalism has changed, the class struggle has ended and the workers have achieved their main aims in the way of wages and working conditions.