Protective legal regulation for home-based workers in Australian textile, clothing and footwear supply chains

Nossar, Igor, Johnstone, Richard, Macklin, Anna, & Rawling, Michael (2015) Protective legal regulation for home-based workers in Australian textile, clothing and footwear supply chains. The Journal of Industrial Relations, 57(4), pp. 583-603.

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Abstract

Supply chain outsourcing has posed problems for conventional labour regulation, which focuses on employers contracting directly with workers, particularly employees. These difficulties have been exacerbated by the traditional trifurcated approach to regulation of pay and conditions, work health and safety and workers’ compensation. This paper analyses the parallel interaction of two legal developments within the Australian textile, clothing and footwear industry. The first is mandatory contractual tracking mechanisms within state and federal labour laws and the second is the duties imposed by the harmonised Work Health and Safety Acts. Their combined effect has created an innovative, fully enforceable and integrated regulatory framework for the textile, clothing and footwear industry and, it is argued, other supply chains in different industry contexts. This paper highlights how regulatory solutions can address adverse issues for workers at the bottom of contractual networks, such as fissured workplaces and capital fragmentation, by enabling regulators to harness the commercial power of business controllers at the apex to ensure compliance throughout the entire chain.

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ID Code: 86995
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: contracting, regulation, supply chain, work health and safety
DOI: 10.1177/0022185615582236
ISSN: 0022-1856
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Labour Law (180118)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Australian Labour and
Employment Relations Association (ALERA)
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2015 04:53
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 15:21

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