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The field of employment and industrial relations is undergoing dramatic changes in the developed world; whilst developing economies are also experiencing their own shifts in practice and policy.

The chapters in this collection provide detailed and up-to-date analyses of industrial relations developments in four contrasting economies: Australia, the United Kingdom, China and Vietnam. Readers are invited to make a comparative study of these very different regions and regimes.

Chapters are contributed by leading authorities in employment and industrial relations and make the complex detail of new industrial relations laws easy to understand.

This book is designed for students and scholars of employment and industrial relations, and provides an excellent reference for practitioners and students of labour economics and international and comparative human resource management.

The Australian Labour Market in 2005
The Australian labour market in 2005
MartinO'Brien, University of Wollongong, Australia
RichardDenniss, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
JohnBurgess, University of Newcastle, Australia
Introduction

There were no dramatic developments in the labour market in 2005; the dramatic developments came in the legislature. There was a continuation of job growth, the official unemployment rate remained at a historical low and labour force participation rates remained stable. In the 12 months to October 2005 the economy created another 230,000 jobs, maintaining the ongoing expansion in jobs and the associated fall in unemployment that that has continued for the past 14 years. What was dramatic in 2005 were developments in government policy with a furry of legislative activity at the end of 2005 as the government pushed through legislation ...

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