The non-union workplace in Australia: bleak house or human resource innovator?

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This paper compares the employee relations practices and outcomes of nonunion and unionized workplaces in Australia. It also examines the nature of those practices to ascertain whether non-union workplaces can best be characterized as human resource innovators or 'bleak houses'. The data for the study are drawn from the 1995 Australian Workplace Industrial Relations Survey. The findings suggest that non-union workplaces are distinctly less innovative in a number of their employee relations practices and in general have less favourable employee relations outcomes than unionized workplaces in terms of dismissal and turnover rates. The non-union workplace is also distinguished by the individualistic nature of its contractual, remunerative and bargaining arrangements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669 - 683
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001


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