The past and future of enterprise bargaining

Industrial relations reform was one of the great dramas of the 1983-96 Labor government. Labor started as a strong defender of centralized wage fixation and ended a champion of decentralized enterprise bargaining backed up only vague commitment to overall wage targets. By 1996 it was the Reserve bank which overshadowed wage-fixation with its commitment to […]

US unions

Interesting NY Times article on the prospects for union-friendly labour law reform under Obama. This went nowhere under previous Democratic administrations. The author suggests that if the 40+ Senate Republicans remain an obstacle than a compromise might be possible: Among the compromises floated would be keeping the secret ballot vote, but holding the vote just […]