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Private governance, state regulation and employment standards: how political factors shape their nexus in Australian horticulture

Underhill, Elsa and Rimmer, Malcolm 2017, Private governance, state regulation and employment standards: how political factors shape their nexus in Australian horticulture, Relations Industrielles, vol. 72, no. 1, pp. 33-55.

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Title Private governance, state regulation and employment standards: how political factors shape their nexus in Australian horticulture
Author(s) Underhill, ElsaORCID iD for Underhill, Elsa orcid.org/0000-0002-3931-2867
Rimmer, Malcolm
Journal name Relations Industrielles
Volume number 72
Issue number 1
Start page 33
End page 55
Total pages 23
Publisher Universite Laval
Place of publication Quebec, Canada
Publication date 2017
ISSN 0034-379X
Keyword(s) supply chain regulation
codes of conduct
temporary work agencies
temporary migrant workers
horticulture
Summary Private governance is often thought to compensate for the decline of union bargaining and state employment regulation. The paper explores their nexus by looking at Australian harvest workers whose state employment protection has been undermined by factors including growing supermarket power and the influx of temporary migrants controlled by temporary work agencies. Supply chain codes of conduct (adopted by supermarkets) and codes of conduct (covering temporary work agencies) appear a possible remedy. However, recent public exposure of labour abuses has led to political demands to re-regulate employment, which are met by counter-claims that voluntary codes are adequate. A political stalemate has arisen revealing the key role played by political factors in determining how private governance and state regulation intersect.
Language eng
Field of Research 1402 Applied Economics
1503 Business And Management
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, Département des relations industrielles, Université Laval
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Free to Read Start Date 2018-05-01
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091492

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Department of Management
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