The incompatibility of decentralized bargaining and equal employment opportunity in Australia

Glenda Strachan, John Burgess

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Abstract

Profound changes have occurred in the industrial relations system in Australia since the mid-1980s as the system of centralized regulation has been replaced by collective bargaining at the level of the enterprise. This has corresponded with the considerable expansion of women's employment, mainly in part-time and temporary jobs. At the same time, recognition of the disadvantaged position of women in the work-force has resulted in the enactment of laws to promote equal employment opportunity. This article examines the ability of these laws to achieve equal employment opportunity policies alongside bargaining decentralization and a growing non-standard women's work-force.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-381
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2000
Externally publishedYes

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