Employer Matters in 2002

Peter Sheldon, Louise Thornthwaite

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Employers and their associations found themselves in a more complex environment largely of their own making. Desired change through the federal system appeared too incremental yet repeated association calls for a hardening of the Workplace Relations regime fell foul of the Senate. At state level, policy backlashes have all but removed neo-liberal gains of the last decade. Developments in the building industry present an anti-union federal government, associations and adversarial companies with their best chance to extend the effects of the 1996 Act. In general, associations indulge in a neo-liberal form of rentier policy pleading while unions continue to make gains in unlikely circumstances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-253
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Industrial Relations
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


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