This paper does not aspire to be an objective account of academic unionism. It is written from my perspective as a committed union activist, and comes at a time when there is a real prospect of a substantial erosion of the role and authority of Australia's academic unions. I refer, of course, to the well publicised plans to developed a model of academic industrial relations in which working conditions would be radically deregulated, and in which unions would be given only a limited role. Unionism is seen as responsible for the debasement of collegial life in our universities, and the State regulation of academic working conditions as an erosion of university autonomy. State intrusion, the argument goes, has imposed a rigid and uniform labour code and has served academics badly.
In Defence of Australian Academic Unionism.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 17(2).