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Collective Bargaining under the Fair Work Act

Collective Bargaining under the Fair Work Act

Edited by Shae McCrystal, Breen Creighton and Anthony Forsyth


Is the system of collective bargaining under the Fair Work Act broken? Both employers and unions think that it is, and that the legislation requires significant amendment. Are they right? This collection answers this question by examining the operation, effects and impact of the framework for enterprise bargaining established by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) nine years after it was enacted. This legislation, introduced by the Rudd Labor Government, was ostensibly intended to restore a collectivist focus to the system of industrial regulation following the Howard Coalition Government’s ‘Work Choices’ experiment. The ‘Fair Work’ model is now sufficiently mature to permit an informed examination of its practical operation, including its response to continuing rapid social, economic, structural and labour market change, and an evaluation of how it can and should respond to these changes in the future.

Comprising contributions from leading Australian scholars in the fields of law and industrial relations, and critical reflections on the operation of the Australian model from North American and United Kingdom contributors, this collection provides that evaluation, exploring the critical successes and failures of the Fair Work Act and setting out directions for future change.


Evaluating the Australian Experiment in Enterprise Bargaining
         Breen Creighton, Anthony Forsyth and Shae McCrystal

Getting to the Bargaining Table: Coercive, Facilitated and Pre-Commitment Bargaining
         Breen Creighton

Has the Australian Model Resisted United States-Style Anti-Union Organising Campaigns? Case Studies of the Cochlear and ResMed Bargaining Disputes
         Anthony Forsyth and Bradon Ellem

The Role of Trade Unions and Individual Bargaining Representatives: Who Pays for the Work of Bargaining?
         Rosalind Read

Bargaining, Cooperation and ‘New Approaches’ under the Fair Work Act
         Mark Bray, Andrew Stewart and Johanna Macneil

Deadlocked Bargaining Disputes: Industrial Action, Agreement Termination and Access to Arbitration
         Shae McCrystal

Employer-Controlled Agreement-Making: Thwarting Collective Bargaining Under the Fair Work Act
         Umeya Chaudhuri and Troy Sarina

General Protections: Industrial Activities and Collective Bargaining
         Joellen Riley

The State Strikes Back: Supervision and Sanctioning of Unlawful Industrial Activity by Federal Government Agencies in Australia
         Tess Hardy

Access to Collective Bargaining for Low-Paid Workers
         Fiona Macdonald, Sara Charlesworth and Cathy Brigden

Collective Bargaining Under the Fair Work Act from the United Kingdom (and European) Perspective: Ideology, Individualisation and the State
         Lizzie Barmes

Welcome to the Bottom: A North American Perspective on the Fair Work Act
         Eric Tucker


Publishing 28 September 2018
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781760021849
Australian RRP $69.95
International Price $63.60
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Industrial Relations / EEO
Law - Industrial & Employment

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