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The Fair Work Act


Presentation topic: What are the most significant features of the Fair Work Act? In what ways does it differ from the ‘Workchoices’ legislation introduced by the Howard Government and in what ways does it reflect a continuity of approach?
Reading:

Chs 9 & 10: Bray, M, Waring, P & Cooper, R. (2011) Employment relations: theory and practice, McGraw-Hill, N. Ryde.

A. Stewart (2009) ‘A question of Balance: Labor’s New Vision for Workplace Regulation’ Australian Journal of Labour Law 22(1):pp.3-50.


  1. Trade unions in Australia: Decline or Renewal?


Presentation topic: Consider various explanations for the historic decline of union membership in Australia. In your view, which factor has been most significant? Do you think non union representation will become the dominant form of employee representation?
Reading:

Chapter 7 and 8: Bray, M, Waring, P & Cooper, R. (2011) Employment relations: theory and practice, McGraw-Hill, N. Ryde.


Case Study: Read the case “Anatomy of a union in decline” pp 250-252 in Bray et al., and answer Qs 3 & 4.



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