Workplace "bargaining" and the wages/working time nexus: counting the cost of decentralisation

Underhill, Elsa, Bertone, Santina and Doughney, James 2003, Workplace "bargaining" and the wages/working time nexus: counting the cost of decentralisation. In Burgess, John and MacDonald, Duncan (ed), Developments in enterprise bargaining in Australia, Tertiary Press, Croydon, Vic., pp.141-157.

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Title Workplace "bargaining" and the wages/working time nexus: counting the cost of decentralisation
Author(s) Underhill, ElsaORCID iD for Underhill, Elsa
Bertone, Santina
Doughney, James
Title of book Developments in enterprise bargaining in Australia
Editor(s) Burgess, John
MacDonald, Duncan
Publication date 2003
Chapter number 8
Total chapters 17
Start page 141
End page 157
Total pages 17
Publisher Tertiary Press
Place of Publication Croydon, Vic.
Summary The impact of deregulation on dispersion of earnings in Victoria has been
acknowledged in the findings of the recent task force enquiry into industrial relations in Victoria. This paper argues that the link between hours worked and rates of pay has played a significant role in this increased dispersion. Drawing upon detailed analysis of hours and wages in Victorian agreements, data is presented on declining take-home pay flowing from the loss of penalty rates. This, we argue, is attributable to
the lack of substantive and procedural protections available to Victorian workers under schedule 1A of the Workplace Relations Act, and formerly under the Victorian Employee Relations Act, 1992. We contrast these findings with collective agreements trading off penalty rates certified by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, and Australian Workplace Agreements approved by the Office of the Employment
Advocate. We conclude by suggesting there is a scale of fair outcomes attached to the wages/hours trade-off, directly attributable to the various institutional mechanisms now influencing Australian wage determination.
ISBN 086458315X
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2003, Tertiary Press
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