Ever-Widening Ripples

The Impact of Specialist Industrial Tribunals on Management Practice

Louise Thornthwaite*

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Abstract

While conciliation and arbitration tribunals have been at the forefront of Austral ian research on industrial relations institutions, numerous specialist tribunals enforcing individual workers' rights in employment have been virtually hidden from view. This paper examines the role of two such tribunals in New South Wales, the Government and Related Employees' Appeal Tribunal and the Equal Opportu nity Tribunal. It argues that although their most direct and public role is to resolve individuals' grievances, equally significant is the contribution of these agencies to the detailed regulation of employment relations and hence the increasing sophisti cation of labour management in public sector organizations since the late 1970s, and the institutionalization of management prerogatives and conflicts over an increasingly wide range of employment decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-298
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Industrial Relations
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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