After waves of conservative reform which commonly saw trade unions marginalised and bargaining structures remodelled generally in favour of capital, the election of social democratic labour parties in Australia, New Zealand and Britain brought the promise of increased state intervention and the promotion of greater equity considerations in industrial relations. In Australia, the conservative Howard government of eleven years was decisively defeated in November 2007 by the Australian Labor Party after an election campaign dominated by an intense debate over the 2005 "Work Choices" industrial relations reforms. The fate of "Work Choices" followed similar electoral outcomes in Britain and New Zealand in which neo-liberal industrial relations legislation was largely dismissed by voters. Despite the renewed interest in re-balancing equity and efficiency objectives with the election of these new governments, in each of these countries however significant elements of the neo-liberal legacy have been retained. This highlights the difficulties involved in reversing legislation and rebuilding the institutions which have been dismantled and, at the same time, the need for the new governments to demonstrate sound economic management credentials.
|Translated title of the contribution||Drawing back from neo-libéral industrial relations change: the experience of Britain, Australia and New Zealand|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Travail et Emploi|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
- Industrial relations
- New Zeland