Evolution of the system: industrial relations policy and legislation, 1859-2009

Hunt, Doug (2009) Evolution of the system: industrial relations policy and legislation, 1859-2009. In: Bowden, Bradley, Blackwood, Simon, Rafferty, Cath, and Allan, Cameron, (eds.) Work and Strife in Paradise: the history of labour relations in Queensland 1859-2009. Federation Press, Annandale, NSW, Australia, pp. 77-94.

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The evolution of labour law in Queensland was shaped by attempts to strike a balance between the needs of economic efficiency and social equity. Initially, state intervention in industrial relations was minimal, though incremental steps began to protect workers and acknowledge the legitimacy of unions. Legislative activity culminated in 1916 in a system of independent arbitration, which for several decades was supported by all sides of politics. However, policy has now moved towards an industrial model centred on workplace agreements, underpinned by minimum conditions. Meanwhile, the increased domination of the federal jurisdiction presages the possible demise of the State system.

Item ID: 5617
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-86287-752-8
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2009 05:03
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations @ 30%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy @ 30%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910401 Industrial Relations @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
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