Work, employment and industrial relations policy

Ressia, Susan and Werth, Shalene and Peetz, David (2019) Work, employment and industrial relations policy. In: Australian Politics and Policy: Senior Edition. Sydney University Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 724-744. ISBN 9781743326671

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The employment relationship – that between employer and employee – is at the heart of capitalism and a core issue for public policy. Governments create rules, policies and institutions within which employees, their representatives, employers and their representatives, operate. The interest to governments when creating policy includes the form that bargaining takes, wage and employment levels, the nature and effects of contracting and the rights of workers – much of this boiling down to issues of power. In recent decades, major policy issues have included the federal Labor government’s Prices and Incomes Accords in the 1980s and 1990s, the Coalition government’s ‘WorkChoices’ legislation, the shift to enterprise bargaining, and developments in such areas as minimum wages and pay equity. In this chapter we outline the matters at stake, the players, the policy processes and some of the key issues.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2020 05:31
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2020 00:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: associational power, Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), Australian workplace agreements, awards, bargaining representatives, centralised wage determination, conciliation and arbitration, employment relationship, gender pay gap, inequality, multi-lateral rule making, penalty rates, Prices and Incomes Accord, pluralist, safety net, union density, unitarist, universal paid parental leave
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940501 Employment Patterns and Change
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.30722/sup.9781743326671

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