Union membership has declined in Australia as it has in other advanced economies over recent years. It has been said that the decline appears to have been caused more by global factors such as the shift from manufacturing to services and technological change rather than local factors such as legislative change. Do you agree? Why? Why not? Based on your analysis suggest what trade unions can do to halt the decline.
The aim of this assessment task is to get you to think and argue critically and analytically about the question of whether local or global factors or both are responsible for the decline in union membership and what trade unions can do to address the decline.