Lecture 4 (2) - ECOS3008 LABOUR ECONOMICS Week 4: 23 March...

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1 ECOS3008 LABOUR ECONOMICS Week 4: 23 March
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2 How to write a good essay? see ‘What makes a good economics essay?” item on Blackboard – in Assessment folder Contact Michael Paton What is a Statistical Project? see ‘What is a statistical project?” item on Blackboard – in Assessment folder
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3 Topic 1(iii): History of Australia’s Wage Fixing System Regulation: When introduced? Why? What was to be regulated? Scope and limits to power of the federal tribunal 1904 - 2006: landmark events 2007: AWA phase 2010+: what’s in store?
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4 When? Federal - 1904 Why? Industrial strife Living standards International climate What? Pay rates and work conditions Industrial relations parameters dispute resolution
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5 Scope by: liberal definition of 'dispute' liberal definition of interstate disputes jurisdiction over state public sector federal awards displace state awards Scope by: A restrictive definition of 'industry' No 'common rule' regulation No intervention in anticipation of disputes
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6 Landmark events - 1904 - 1953 1904 Arbitration Act 1907 Harvester Case - male basic wage 1911 The Fruit Pickers Case - female basic wage 1922 ‘Automatic Indexation’ of basic wage 1953 Abolition of Automatic Indexation
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7 Landmark events - 1967 - 1981 From ‘basic’ to ‘minimum’ wage 1967 Abolition of two-tiered wage system Abolition of basic wage ‘Minimum wage’ introduced 1981 Abolition of minimum wage
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8 Landmark events - 1982 - 1996 Accord to enterprise bargaining (EB) 1982 Accord Mark I 1989 Opening the door to EB 1992 Acceptance of EB principle 1994 certified non-union agreements possible (Industrial Relations Reform Act 1993) 1996 Australian Workplace Agreements (AWA) (Workplace Relations Act 1996)
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9 Landmark events 1997- 2005 perseverance pays off? 1997-2004 numerous efforts to change system blocked by ‘hostile’ Senate 2005 Howard government finally successful in getting reforms thru ‘docile’ Senate in November BUT provisions only impact fully after expiration of existing workplace agreements – up to 3 years depending on when last agreement signed
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10 Landmark events late-2005 key features Reduced role for Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) with key functions moved to Employment Advocate Fair Pay Commission (new body) No national wage decisions Australian Industrial Registry role beefed up Move to one national system of labour law (cf 9 States) Barriers to role of unions in workplace New unfair dismissal laws
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Landmark events 2006-2008 2006 27 March First day of new system April First employee casualty October? First test case 2007 First major strike 2008?? end of transition period as last of ‘old’ agreements
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