Enforcing minimum labour standards in Australia from 2010 : correcting or compounding problems

Maconachie, Glenda J. & Goodwin, Miles (2009) Enforcing minimum labour standards in Australia from 2010 : correcting or compounding problems. In Lewer, John, Ryan, Shaun, & Macneil, Johanna (Eds.) Labour, Capital and Change – Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, 4 – 6 February, Newcastle, Australia.

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Fair Work Australia is to provide the institutional framework for the Australian industrial relations system from January 2010. Its creation provides the opportunity to improve minimum labour standards’ enforcement in Australia. However, the experience of the past must be appreciated and traditional assumptions about the operation of the Australian enforcement system discarded if the new institution is to be effective in its role. This paper focuses on the role of unions in enforcement as well as institutional location issues to expose a number of central enforcement problems that those seeking to establish new systems and processes should consider. A number of recommendations in respect of the structure of Fair Work Australia and the continuing role of unions are suggested.

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ID Code: 26979
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Minimum Labour Standards, Industrial Relations, Unions
ISBN: 978-0-986085-0-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 (please consult the authors)
Deposited On: 27 Aug 2009 23:36
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:55

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