John Howe


Fair Work Australia’s influence in the enterprise bargaining process

This report examines the influence of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) - formally Fair Work Australia - through its supervisory role in the enterprise bargaining process, and the consequences of FWC's involvement for the way that employers, employees and unions manage industrial relations at the...

Do investment attraction incentives create decent jobs? A study of labour conditions in industry assistance contracts

Governments at all levels in Australia offer financial assistance in one form or another to private corporations in order to encourage and facilitate business investment in their respective jurisdictions. This disbursement of public funds is often justified on the basis of the number of jobs...

Using public procurement to promote better labour standards: a case study of the Victorian Government schools contract cleaning program

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Federal Government’s Work Choices legislation has severely curtailed the capacity of State Governments to regulate labour practices directly by legislation. Of the possible State Government regulatory responses to Work Choices, it is the use of public procurement as a means for regulating...

'Light touch' Labour regulation by state governments in Australia: a preliminary assessment

Increasing attention (particularly in Europe and the United States) has been paid to the use by states of ‘soft’ or ‘light touch’ approaches to regulating labour standards. Such regulatory approaches are yet to receive extensive consideration as forms of state labour regulation in Australian labour...

What the Cowra decision means for industrial relations

The ruling on the Cowra abattoir case highlights the implications of the new IR rules, according to John Howe and Jill Murray.
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