Labour Studies Index

Federal Public Sector Unions in Times of Austerity: Linking Structure and Strategic Choice

Document type Book chapter
Author Warskett, Rosemary
Series Editor Savage, Larry
Editor Savage, Larry
Series Editor Ross, Stephanie
Editor Ross, Stephanie
Book Public Sector Unions in the Age of Austerity
Publisher Fernwood; Halifax
Date 2013
ISBN 9781552665, 1552665844
Pages 126-138


Contrasts the administrative structure of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, which has undermined its effectiveness with that of Union of Postal Workers, which in the mid-1960s transformed into a democratic, militant bargaining agent for its workers. Concludes that both unions are in a weakened state, and that only through a broader coalition of forces can the neoliberal agenda of the federal government be fought.