• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Trade Unionism in 2005
Trade unionism in 2005
AlisonBarnes, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Introduction

When assuming leadership of the Liberal Party in 1985, John Howard commented,

I think the biggest single economic challenge over the next five to ten years is to free up the labour market and in doing so alter the balance in our industrial relations system. (quoted in Dabscheck, 1993: 5)

Two decades later, in a telling slip, Howard said, ‘We're not governing for the unions, we're governing for the employers’, indicating inadvertently in whose favour the balance was being tipped (Howard, 2005). Unlike 1996, which saw him undertake a pre-election tactical retreat from New Right policies of wholesale elimination of awards and their legislative prop, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, in 2005 there was no ...

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