Trade unions and responsibility

Leggett, C. J. (1976) Trade unions and responsibility. Management in Papua New Guinea, 2 (3). pp. 27-35.

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In the period since Papua New Guinea became independent the charge has been laid against the trade unions that they behave irresponsibly. Such a charge begs the questions, responsible to whom? and responsible for what? The purpose of this article is to examine the role of trade unions in the context of the Papua New Guinean social, political and economic environment with the intention of showing that responsibility is not an objective criterion for assessing the behaviour of trade unions. Responsibility, it will be argued, is a subjective criterion used by the assessor in the light of his or his own organisation's interests so that what is good for the other fellow and bad for him is defined as irresponsible behaviour and what is good for him but a sacrifice for the other fellow is perceived as responsible behaviour.

Item ID: 17179
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
Keywords: industrial relations, trade unions, Papua New Guinea
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2013 04:39
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910401 Industrial Relations @ 100%
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