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 […]

Fair Work and Employee Free Choice: liberalism vs. social democracy

The demise of the Employee Free Choice Act and the woes of American health reform shed light on the distinction¬† between social liberalism and social democracy as forms of left-wing politics. This has been raised by David Brody in his address at the recent Labour History conference where he contrasted the success of the Rudd […]