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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.
Chapter 4: Industrial Legislation in 2005
Industrial Legislation in 2005
The Howard government's second wave of industrial relations reforms proved to be a tsunami. In December 2005, this government used its effective control of the Senate to push through, in record time and some would say ill-considered haste, the most significant changes to Australia's system of industrial relations in the century since enactment of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904 (Cth). The Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005 (WorkChoices) has all but paralysed the state industrial relations systems, destroyed the test-case system of determining basic wages and conditions of work by consultation with all stakeholders, gutted the system of arbitrated industry-based awards, withdrawn unfair dismissal protection from armies of ...