Conservatism and authority in industrial relations

Work leaves me little time to blog. However Qantas dispute and the revival of conservative anti-unionism are of note. It represents the latest manifestation of a liberal-conservative tradition in Australia which I discuss below in an extract from a paper of mine under review. This tradition is hostile to unions on conservative grounds that they […]

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 […]