Employer matters in 2008

Hearn Mackinnon, Bruce 2009, Employer matters in 2008, Journal of industrial relations, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 347-363.

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Title Employer matters in 2008
Author(s) Hearn Mackinnon, Bruce
Journal name Journal of industrial relations
Volume number 51
Issue number 3
Start page 347
End page 363
Total pages 17
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Los Angeles, Calif.
Publication date 2009-06
ISSN 0022-1856
1472-9296
Keyword(s) de-unionization
employers
industrial relations
Forward with Fairness
Work Choices
Summary In terms of employer matters, the year 2008 may be best characterized as one dominated by change, challenge and Canberra, as the political landscape was transformed, industrial relations legislation was rewritten and global capitalism went into financial meltdown. The new political and economic environment seemed to demand a greater emphasis on consultation, efforts at cooperation and, dare I say it, in some cases even ‘consensus’. Nevertheless, employers were nonetheless active in pursuing their own objectives, with the main employer associations preoccupied for most of 2008 lobbying for changes and amendments to the form and substance of Labor’s new industrial relations regime, Forward with Fairness. Importantly, the new industrial and legal landscape suggested that the changed status of the ‘parties’ vis-a-vis awards, is likely to lead to increased competition for relevance among employer associations, leading to a series of amalgamations and rationalization, much as occurred with unions in the 1990s.
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
Socio Economic Objective 910401 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Industrial Relations Society of Australia, SAGE Publications Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016615

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