The Australian Consortium for Research on Employment and Work (ACREW) in partnership with the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria (IRSV) invite you to attend a Special Seminar.
Featured Speaker: Professor Ed Davis, AM
Much of Ed Davis' research has been based on observing all Congresses from 1979-2015 held by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). The Council represents 2.5 million union members, and the Congresses are the supreme decision-making forums for Australian unions.
This seminar will reflect on the extraordinary changes that have occurred over 4 decades: the collapse in union density from 50% in the mid-1970s to 15% in 2014, closing the gap between male and female density, increased participation of women in ACTU and union leadership, restructuring unions, and changes to the style and operation of ACTU Congresses.
There has been continuity in the proclaimed role and purpose of unions; their demonization by conservative parties and the media; and in the uneasy relationship between the ACTU and the Australian Labor Party. Professor Davis will discuss the 'Theatre' of Congress and some of the more dramatic events that have occurred. The discussion will include reflections on the apparent decline in ACTU authority, and highlight key lessons for Australian Industrial Relations.
Date: 25 August 2016
Venue: Monash Law Chambers 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000
RSVP: Please register for this free event by clicking here by 15 August 2016
Enquiries: Mimi.Clarke@monash.edu Department of Management +61 +3 9903 2807