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dc.contributor.advisorDrapac, Vesna-
dc.contributor.advisorPritchard, Gareth-
dc.contributor.authorChadwick, David Justin-
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of the thesis is to investigate and bring to light the role that trade unions played at Holden’s in South Australia. It argues that Holden’s relationship with its main unions was one that was developed over many years and was of mutual benefit. It does this by examining the development of Holden’s, the trade union movement, the unions involved at Holden’s and the growth of secondary industry in South Australia which facilitated the expansion of both. A series of case studies explore industrial action and their outcomes. To further demonstrate this uniqueness, comparisons will be made with General Motors operations in Britain and the US. This thesis reframes the typical narrative of labour and business historiography in Australia. Rather than approaching the question through a binary framework of labour versus business, it will analyse the role of Holden’s and the unions through their relationship of mutual benefit. For many years Holden’s was one of Australia’s largest and most profitable companies. From its entry into building motor car bodies in 1917, the company embraced unionism in its factories to improve industrial relations and ensure uninterrupted production. While this goal was not always achieved, as is shown in this thesis, strike activity was rare until a tumultuous period in the late 1960s and early 1970s that was paralleled throughout the world. However, for much of the time under investigation Holden’s worked closely with its unions, providing better wages and conditions than many other industries. Drawing on previously unused primary source material, this thesis explores an area of Australian history that has to date been overlooked. It argues that the relationship between Holden’s and its unions was unique, long-lasting and of mutual benefit.en
dc.subjectSouth Australia manufacturingen
dc.subjectHolden unionen
dc.subjectlabour industrial relationsen
dc.subjectsecondary industryen
dc.titleHear the Lion Roar: Trade unionism at General Motors-Holden’s in South Australia, 1930-1980en
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Humanitiesen
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dc.description.dissertationThesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Adelaide, School of Humanities, 2020en
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