Contrasting Systems? 100 years of arbitration in Australia and New Zealand

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Title Contrasting Systems? 100 years of arbitration in Australia and New Zealand
Author Barry, Michael John; Wailes, Nick
Journal Name Journal of Industrial Relations
Editor Ron Callus, Russell Lansbury
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract Supporters of collective employment regulation in New Zealand would have celebrated a centenary of arbitration a full decade before Australia, in 1994. Yet fate intervened and New Zealand's arbitration system formally collapsed in 1991 following the introduction of the Employment Contracts Act. Despite a series of challenges during different periods, the Australian arbitration system has survived, if badly scathed, to see its 100-year anniversary. The present paper traces the historical similarities and differences in the advent, development and decline of the Australian and New Zealand systems of compulsory arbitration. Given the many structural similarities between the two systems, the paper explores important differences in the economic and political interests that both underlay the introduction and development of the two systems, and contributed to the earlier demise of the New Zealand system. The experience of the more extensive labour market reform in New Zealand provides some salutary lessons for those seeking further changes to weaken the Australian arbitration system.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.0022-1856.2004.00148.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2004 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at [www.blackwell-synergy.com.]
Volume 46
Issue Number 4
Page from 430
Page to 447
ISSN 0022-1856
Date Accessioned 2005-03-09
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/5363
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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