Employer preferences, collective agreements and the Australian resources sector: a paradox of limited commodification?

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Title Employer preferences, collective agreements and the Australian resources sector: a paradox of limited commodification?
Author Barry, Michael John; Michelotti, Marco
Journal Name Industrial Relations Journal
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Abstract There is a commonly held view that firms in high-wage/skill-intensive sectors will tend to provide wages and working conditions that are above market-clearing levels. This article empirically examines this claim by analysing the content of all collective agreements concluded in the resource sector in Australia after the enactment in 2006 of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Workchoices) Act. This legislation gave employers unprecedented ability to place downwards pressure on employee entitlements. In the resource sector, however, the quantitative results indicate that firms maintained, in the main, substantive standards but used extensively key regulatory provisions to gain an unprecedented level of control over both functional and numerical flexibility.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2338.2009.00535.x
Volume 40
Issue Number 5
Page from 408
Page to 425
ISSN 0019-8692
Date Accessioned 2009-11-12
Date Available 2010-06-23T05:25:11Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30915
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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