Tactics of Labor Struggles

  • Kylie Smith
  • Brian Martin


Some actions by employers have the potential to generate outrage due to perceived injustice or abuse. Employers have five main methods to inhibit such outrage: covering up the action, demonizing the workers, reinterpreting what is happening, referring the matter to official channels that give only the appearance of justice, and using intimidation and bribery. Examples from Australian labor struggles are used to illustrate these tactics and how they can be opposed.

Key words

labor disputes industrial relations injustice tactics Australia 



We thank Damien Cahill, Rowan Cahill, Truda Gray, Wendy Varney, Ian Watson, and an anonymous referee for helpful comments on drafts. This work is supported by the Australian Research Council.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ArtsUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  2. 2.School of History and PoliticsUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  3. 3.School of Social Sciences, Media and CommunicationUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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