The Australian Journal of Politics and History

The Australian Library Journal publishes articles covering Australian library issues, from ongoing research to news. Published quarterly, The Australian Library Journal is the official publication of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 1, March

Challenging the Criteria of Significance: Lessons from Contemporary Indonesian Labour History
In the absence of effective trade unions, labour-oriented non-governmental organisations (NGOs) came to play a dominant role in the Indonesian labour movement in the late New Order period (1985-1998). NGOs attempted to create structures through which...
Development, Education and the Teachers Union Movement in South Korea, 1989-1999
A New Cycle in Industrial Relations in South Korean Education In July 1999 the Korean Teachers Union (KTU) (Chunkyojo) was formally recognised as a trade union, following the enactment of legislation passed in January 1999 that allowed teachers...
Development of Labour Organisation in Singapore, 1800-1960
The aim of this paper is to look at the long-term development of labour relations in Singapore. Firstly, I wish to suggest a periodisation for the Singapore labour movement so as to better understand its growth. Briefly, the labour history of Singapore...
Government Enterprises & Industrial Relations in Late Qing China
In the study of industrial relations, workers are often pitched against management and vice versa. There is no question that the two embody conflicting interests. But even before the days of organised labour, there also existed, implicitly at least,...
Hong Kong Workers toward 1997: Unionisation, Labour Activism and Political Participation under the China Factor
The end of British colonial rule and sovereignty transfer to the PRC in 1997 constituted an unprecedented sea change that reshaped Hong Kong's constitutional framework and opened up the political arena for popular participation and party politics....
Labour Relations in Asia
Industrial relations has been central to the process of Asian modernisation, but current political and economic developments have inspired fresh debate regarding the legacy and legitimacy of industrial relations in the East Asia region. On 21-22 July...
Personnel Discipline and Industrial Relations on the Railways of Republican China
The Chinese National Railways (CNR) of the 1920-30s had a personnel administration the equal of any major railway of the period. It introduced large-scale modern bureaucratic organisation of work, and in the process created a new type of industrial...
The Legacy of Colonial Labour Unions in Indonesia
After the defeat of the Japanese and the declaration of Indonesian independence in August 1945 labour unions quickly re-emerged to organise urban and rural workers and within a short time organised workers were confronting employers and the newly independent...
The "New" Cold War History and the Origins of the Cold War
In 1998, the United States Congress passed legislation which directed the Department of Defense to design and distribute a Cold War Certificate of Recognition to the estimated 27 million American veterans and countless civilians in the Department of...
What Is to Be Done? WTO, Globalisation and State-Labour Relations in China
Introduction Some Chinese workers will benefit from the opening of foreign markets to Chinese goods but others will be adversely affected by the increase in foreign competition in Chinese markets and removal of government subsidies to Chinese industry....