Journal article

The Rise and Rise of Enterprise Bargaining in Australia, 1991-2011

PG Gahan, A Pekarek

Labour and Industry | Taylor & Francis Australasia | Published : 2012


Collective bargaining and agreement-making has been an established part of Australia's arbitral model of industrial relations since its inception. Although the significance of bargaining and agreement-making has varied considerably over the course of the twentieth century and across different sectors, it nonetheless remained a secondary component of the formal system of wage determination until the 1980s. From the mid-1980s, however, new wage-fixing principles and legislative changes have paved the way for enterprise bargaining as the primary mechanism through which wages and conditions of employment have been determined, evolving towards a predominance of enterprise-level collective agreeme..

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