This collection of essays on various aspects of the trade unions is most timely, given that many in the radical and industrial movement are embarking on the further development of a forward-looking strategy. It presents to the reader discussion on a wide range of subjects including the relationship of the trade unions to the ALP, a number of views and descriptions of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, the media's manipulation of the trade union image — and other aspects such as the ACTU, trade union democracy, shop-floor activity, the union activity of women and so on. The writers are many and varied and range from Sir Richard Kirby, with his scarcely-concealed dislike for the Fraser government's attempts to coerce the court, to a fine socio-political treatment of the law and industrial conflict by Breen Creighton of Melbourne University. They manage to cover a wide range of trade union territory.
Recommended CitationBlears, Barrie, Review : Power, Conflict and Control in Australian Trade Unions edited by Kathryn Cole, Australian Left Review, 1(80), 1982, 63-64.