Employer matters in 2003

Hearn Mackinnon, Bruce 2004, Employer matters in 2003, Journal of industrial relations, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 226-241.

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Title Employer matters in 2003
Author(s) Hearn Mackinnon, Bruce
Journal name Journal of industrial relations
Volume number 46
Issue number 2
Start page 226
End page 241
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2004
ISSN 0022-1856
1472-9296
Summary The year 2003 was characterised by employer proactivism, and a preparedness to pursue new legal manoeuvres to prevent or terminate protected industrial action. A number of employers also resorted to lengthy lockouts (with few positive results) as bargaining tactics in enterprise negotiations. It was the year employers in the manufacturing and metals sector saw off the unions’ ‘Campaign 2003’, giving little ground on the key issues of reduced hours and contributions to trust funds for worker entitlements. The year was a joyous one for employers in the building and construction industry, as their dreams of a shackled and weakened union movement came a step closer to being realised, with the introduction of draconian industry-specific legislation by the Howard Government, arising from the recommendations of the Cole Royal Commission. On a positive note, the year also witnessed all the members of the ‘industrial relations club’ embrace and declare a common concern for work and family balance issues.
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002577

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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