Employer and employer association matters in Australia in 2014

Peter Sheldon, Louise Thornthwaite*

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This article examines the industrial relations issues at the forefront of employer and employer association attention in Australia in 2014. We examine their ambitions for legislative change and frustrations with parliamentary gridlock, as well as their engagement in the four-year Modern Award Review, the annual Minimum Wage Review, and policy discussion on 457 Visas. As well, we look at the involvement of employers and their associations in several positive social policy agendas, and developments in the employer association world during the year. As 2014 draws to a close without their long-sought modifications to the Fair Work system, the public policy rhetoric of employers and their associations is shifting once again towards the advocacy of larger-scale industrial relations change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-400
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Industrial Relations
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2015


  • Employer associations
  • Fair Work Act
  • employment relations
  • industrial relations
  • peak employer's organisations
  • wage bargaining


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