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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.

Wages and Wage Determination in 2005
Wages and wage determination in 2005
MartinJ.Watts, University of Newcastle, Australia
WilliamMitchell, University of Newcastle, Australia

This article reviews Australian wage outcomes in 2005 and institutional and legislative developments which will influence future wage determination and employment conditions. The latter has been dominated by the passing of the WorkChoices legislation in December which has destroyed the test-case process for the determination of wages and conditions, along with the system of arbitrated industry based awards (Riley and Sarina, this volume). The state of the macro-economy in 2005 is reviewed prior to analysing wage outcomes. We outline the 2005 legislative changes and speculate on their consequences for future wage outcomes.

Macroeconomic background

The Australian economy grew by 2.6 percent per annum to June 2005 with employment ...

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