Market power constrained: union and non-union collective bargaining outcomes in the Australian resources sector

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Title Market power constrained: union and non-union collective bargaining outcomes in the Australian resources sector
Author Barry, Michael John; Michelotti, Marco
Journal Name Labour and Industry
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Abstract The Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005 is generally regarded as having produced a strong divergence in employment outcomes and opportunities among employment groups and across employment sectors. Whereas poor outcomes are attributed to the lack of bargaining power of disadvantaged and low wage groups, union collective bargaining is seen as having preserved employee entitlements in high wage sectors of the economy. In this paper we examine all forms of collective bargaining in the high-wage resources sector to determine the impact of unionisation on collective bargaining outcomes. To do so, we code and analyse all union collective agreements, employee (non-union) collective agreements, union greenfield agreements, and employer greenfield agreements concluded in the resources sector under the Work Choices legislation. Contrary to expectations, the outcomes of these agreements show strong consistency across a range of substantive and procedural labour standards. These outcomes are attributed to the nature of the product market,employer regulatory objectives, and the adverse effects of Work Choices on union market power.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this journal please refer to the journal’s website or contact the authors.
Volume 20
Issue Number 1
Page from 25
Page to 44
ISSN 1030-1763
Date Accessioned 2009-11-12
Date Available 2013-05-05T22:45:13Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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