Employer matters in 2005

Hearn Mackinnon, Bruce 2006, Employer matters in 2005, Journal of industrial relations, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 385-399.

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Title Employer matters in 2005
Author(s) Hearn Mackinnon, Bruce
Journal name Journal of industrial relations
Volume number 48
Issue number 3
Start page 385
End page 399
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0022-1856
1472-9296
Keyword(s) Australian industry group
Business Council of Australia
enterprise bargaining
pattern bargaining
safety-net
unitary system
WorkChoices
Summary By any reckoning, the year 2005 will long be remembered as a watershed year for Australian industrial relations. While there were the usual types of industrial disputes, on-going enterprise bargaining and another round of arguments over the Australian Industrial Relations Commission’s (AIRC’s) annual safety-net review, the year was dominated by the looming re-writing of Australia’s industrial relations regulatory regime, made possible by the Government’s surprise majority in the Senate, granted to them in late 2004. Viewed as a looming dark cloud by some or a shining light by others, most of 2005 was spent in anxious anticipation of the Howard government’s impending ‘WorkChoices’ legislation. Employer groups spent much of the year lobbying the Howard government for the types of reforms long cherished, but only dreamed of by employers, for arguably 100 years. A once in a lifetime opportunity had presented itself and employer groups were determined to take full advantage of the situation, by ensuring that the government did not lose its nerve. Perhaps more importantly, however, in addition to lobbying the government, major employer organizations devoted significant resources to building the case for industrial relations reform and attempting to sell that message to the electorate. By year’s end, employers had succeeded in the first objective, but had seemingly failed in the second.
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Industrial Relations Society of Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003925

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