Work, employment and industrial relations policy

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Ressia, Susan, Werth, Shalene and Peetz, David. 2019. "Work, employment and industrial relations policy." Chen, Peter J., Barry, Nicholas, Butcher, John R., Clune, David, Cook, Ian, Garnier, Adele, Haigh, Yvonne, Motta, Sara C. and Taflaga, Marija (ed.) Australian Politics and Policy. Sydney, Australia. Sydney University Press. pp. 724-744
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Work, employment and industrial relations policy

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ERA Publisher ID3395
Book TitleAustralian Politics and Policy
AuthorsRessia, Susan (Author), Werth, Shalene (Author) and Peetz, David (Author)
EditorsChen, Peter J., Barry, Nicholas, Butcher, John R., Clune, David, Cook, Ian, Garnier, Adele, Haigh, Yvonne, Motta, Sara C. and Taflaga, Marija
EditionSenior edition
Page Range724-744
Chapter Number45
Number of Pages21
Year2019
PublisherSydney University Press
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISBN9781743326671
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.30722/sup.9781743326671
Web Address (URL)https://open.sydneyuniversitypress.com.au/9781743326671.html
Abstract

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.

Keywordsassociational 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
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350504. Industrial and employee relations
Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
School of Management and Enterprise
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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