The Economic and Labour Relations Review : ELRR

Articles from Vol. 1, No. 1, June

A Decade of Keating: Prospects for External Recovery?
1. Introduction Faced with a worsening current account deficit (CAD) and external debt throughout the second half of the 1980s, Government policy response had two distinct phases. Initially, the problem of external trade imbalance was to be resolved...
Award Restructuring Possibilities and Portents
1. Introduction In 1967 the Commission ushered in a new era of wage determination, that of the Total Wage. Discarding the bifurcated system which had operated since 1907, it moved to "work value" the benchmark Metal Trades Award with a view to establishing...
Enterprise Bargaining: Making Australia Competitive
1. Introduction When the Hawke Government floated the $A in December 1983 and removed the exchange controls that still then applied to capital movements in and out of Australia it let loose a variety of forces which were destined to have a profound...
Industrial Relations Strategies in the Air Pilots' Dispute 1989
1. Introduction The 1989 air pilots' dispute ended in the defeat of the Australian Federation of Air Pilots; mass resignations reduced significantly the bargaining power of the union; and pilots now working in the major airlines have the open support...
Labour Flexibility and Employment Law: The New Order
1. Labour Market Flexibility By the end of the 1980s there was agreement amongst the major political parties, and peak organisations of employers and employees, that one of the main aims of reform in Australia was labour market flexibility. While...
The Accord: An Assessment
"Oh wad some POW'R the giftie gie us, To see ourselves as others see us!" (Robert Burns) 1. Introduction In the first six months of 1990, Australia has been graced by the presence of the Professor of Industrial Relations from Cambridge University,...
The Economy in the Nineties: Through the Slump to Prosperity?
1. Introduction This article examines the prospects for the Australian economy in both the short run (the 12 to 18 months to the end of 1991) and the long run (the subsequent five years or so). There is no doubt that at the moment the economy is...
Trade Union Strategy in the 1990s
1. Australian Unions in the 1990s The 1980s saw the union movement emerge as a dominant force in shaping economic and political outcomes and directions in Australia. Few observers at the time predicted that the union movement of the early 1980s...
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