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Work and Employment Relations
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With significant regulatory, social and economic change occurring in Australia and in other countries, a new agenda for employment relations is needed. Many features of work and employment relations have undergone significant changes over the past two decades. These changes have taken place in the context of lowered trade barriers, intense global competition and deregulation of financial markets. The scholarly essays in this book deal with many of the employment relations issues arising from these developments and consider the policy implications arising from them. The essays cover: The provision of legislated standards in determining the 'safety net' in Australia; Characteristics of the 'modern awards'; The role of unions in the new collective bargaining regime; New roles for employers in industrial relations; The advent of paid parental leave and employer responses; The demand and supply sides of skill formation in Australian workplaces; The prospects of 'high performance' work systems in Australia; Equal remuneration and undervaluation of women's work; Paradoxes in productivity issues; Questioning the 'exceptionalist' view of Australian industrial relations; Worker voice; Making minimum wages effective - the UK experience; Lessons of work and employment policy in the US; 'Flexicurity' lessons for the EU and Australia.
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Tribute to Professor Russell LansburyJoe IssacIntroduction to Employment Relations: A New AgendaMarian Baird, Keith Hancock and Joe Isaac Legislated Standards: The Australian Approach Ron McCallum The Distinctiveness of Modern Awards Mark Bray Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining Rae Cooper and Braddon Ellem Employers in Australia in 2011: New Roles and Relations in the Workplace? Patricia Todd Paid Parental Leave Policy and Employer Response Marian Baird Skills and Skill Formation in Australian Workplaces, Beyond the War for Talent? Richard Hall New Work Practices, Participation and Organisational Performance: Prospects for High Performance Work Systems in Australia Bill Harley Approaches to Gender-Based Undervaluation in Australian Industrial Tribunals: Lessons from Recent Childcare Cases Gillian Whitehouse and Tricia Rooney Productivity and Labour: Four Paradoxes and their Implications for Policy John Buchanan Still the Exception? Australian Employment Relations in Comparative Perspective Nick Wailes Giving Employees a Voice in the Workplace: A Comparative Historical Perspective Greg Patmore How Do We Make Minimum Wages Effective? William Brown Work and Employment Policy and Practice: Lessons from a Failed State Tom Kochan The `Rise and Stumble' of Flexicurity: Lessons for the European Union and Australia Peter Auer Index

About the Author

Marian Baird is Director of the Women and Work Research Group and Professor of Employment Relations in the University of Sydney Business School. She is the first female professor to hold this position and is an expert on women and their work and family lives. Marian has advised government, business and unions on maternity leave policies and is also co-editor of The Journal of Industrial Relations. Keith Hancock is a Professorial Fellow in the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University and an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide. He was the foundation Professor of Economics at Flinders University and subsequently became is Vice-Chancellor of the University. He is now an Emeritus Professor. He served for ten years as a Deputy President and Senior Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission and the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Joe Isaac is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Management at the University of Melbourne and a well known authority on labour economics and industrial relations. He has held chairs in Economics at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University, and was Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.

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This excellent short book preforms two valuable functions. In the first place, it provides a fitting tribute to the academic career of Russell Lansbury. ... The other contribution of the book consists of its remaining 15 essays, reviewing cotemporary developments in Australian industrial relations... This book attests to the vibrancy and good health of Australian Industrial Relations scholarship. - Journal of Industrial Relations, January 2013

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