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Taking 'drastic action'? power and discipline in Rockhampton trade unions, 1916 to the 1950s

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Barbara WebsterBarbara Webster
This paper examines the relationship between union leaders and rank-and-file members in internal discipline. Focusing on Rockhampton and employing Hyman's concept ofpower over and power for, the work argues that union leaders were neither omnipotent nor tyrannical in dispensing discipline and did so to maintain the solidarity and reputation on which rested union power over employers. Moreover, democratic processes of the union and the broader social and legislative contexts legitimated their authority.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Parent Title

Proceedings of Eighth National Labour History Conference, 3rd October 2003, Brisbane.

Start Page

316

End Page

323

Number of Pages

8

Start Date

01/01/2003

ISBN-10

0646423533

Location

College of Arts, Griffith University, Australia

Publisher

Brisbane Labour Historical Association

Place of Publication

Brisbane, Australia

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

National Labour History Conference