Employer matters in 2004

Hearn Mackinnon, Bruce 2005, Employer matters in 2004, Journal of industrial relations, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 212-225.

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Title Employer matters in 2004
Author(s) Hearn Mackinnon, Bruce
Journal name Journal of industrial relations
Volume number 47
Issue number 2
Start page 212
End page 225
Publisher Industrial Relations Society
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2005
Summary n 2004, employers were active in arguing their cases in a number of important hearings of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. However, despite a united position among employer ranks and the federal government, employers were generally disappointed with the Commission’s safety net review decision. Both the Australian industry Group and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry found some common ground with the Australian Council of Trade Unions, in a consent position on extending carers leave, but overall employers presented a detailed argument opposing any extension of employee rights in the Commission’s work and family test case. Employers in some sectors were able to reach collective agreements with unions with little industrial disruption, whereas others, such as banking, found the going tougher. Overall, employers, like unions, faced a great deal of uncertainty over what were or were not ‘matters pertaining’, as a number of decisions after the Electrolux case clarified or clouded the issue. Understandably, the year ended on a positive note for most employers, with the Howard Government re-elected with a majority in the Senate, enabling it to pass a further round of radical labour market reforms in 2005.
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:30002932

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