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Work choices : Increasing productivity, job creation and work-family balance? Not likely!

conference contribution
posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kerrie SavilleKerrie Saville, B Hearn-Mackinnon, Leanne Morris, Dianne Waddell
The introduction of the Workplace Relations (Work Choices) Amendment Act 2005 (Cth) has resulted in one of the most contentious changes to federal labour law in Australia’s history. There is considerable debate as to whether it has fulfilled the government’s expectations of giving ‘flexibility’ and ‘choice’ to both employees and employers or if there has been an overall deterioration in working conditions. In order to identify the impact of this legislation in the workplace, Deakin University surveyed 11,000 AHRI members throughout Australia. Preliminary results are reported in the paper but, even at this early stage, there is sufficient material to critically comment upon the changes to Australia’s industrial relations system. It appears that the vast majority of AHRI members felt that there had been no change in productivity, job creation or work-family balance and that only a few expected an improvement over the next 3 years.

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Event

Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. Conference (22nd : 2008 : St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia)

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1 - 10

Publisher

Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand

Location

Melbourne, Australia

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2008-02-06

End date

2008-02-08

ISBN-13

9780980476606

ISBN-10

0980476607

Language

eng

Notes

v. 1. Refereed papers -- v. 2. Non-refereed papers and abstracts.

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2008, AIRAANZ

Editor/Contributor(s)

P Stanton

Title of proceedings

AIRAANZ 2008 : Workers, corporations, and community : facing choices for a sustainable future : proceedings of the 22nd conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand

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