Collective employment agreements
Enterprise bargaining agreements
Wages growth in Australia: evidence and policy evaluation
This paper reviews the evidence regarding wages growth in Australia since the 2008 financial crisis and discusses what it means for policy. This includes the pros and cons of new policy measures, such as a return to multi-employer bargaining and a boost to planned permanent...
Going nuclear: the costs of mid-bargaining termination of enterprise agreements
This paper quantifies the dramatic risks faced by workers whose employers unilaterally terminate enterprise agreements during the course of renegotiations.
Collective bargaining and wage growth in Australia
The weakness of wage growth in Australia over the past decade has been extreme by both historic and international standards. The authors of this report argue that the reforms proposed in the 'Secure Jobs, Better Wages' Bill represent important, but incremental steps in restoring a...
Realizing the opportunities of the platform economy through freedom of association and collective bargaining
This study provides empirical evidence from different regions of the world to identify avenues for platform economy workers to access freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Jobs and Skills Summit - maintaining full employment and growing productivity
The Business Council of Australia has prepared this discussion paper ahead of the upcoming Jobs and Skills Summit.
Social Dialogue Report 2022: collective bargaining for an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery
This report examines the role of collective bargaining in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on employment and earnings, helping to cushion inequality, while reinforcing the resilience of enterprises and labour markets. The report considers the contribution of collective bargaining to a human-centred recovery.
How non-union agreements suppress wage growth – and why the Omnibus Bill will lead to more of them
This report illustrates how the Morrison Government's omnibus industrial relations bill will lead to a significant increase in employer-designed enterprise agreements (EA) that reduce workers' pay and conditions, rather than improve them—signalling a return to the WorkChoices pattern of EA-making and putting further downward pressure...
No free lunch: higher superannuation means lower wages
This working paper uses administrative data on 80,000 federal workplace agreements made between 1991 and 2018 to show that about 80 per cent of the cost of increases in super is passed to workers through lower wage rises within the life of an enterprise agreement...
Collective bargaining “reform”: What does business want? And what would actually fix the system?
This paper compiles the various proposals advanced by employers, and shows that together, they would constitute a thorough reorientation of Australia's collective bargaining system.
Union organising and labour market rules: two sides of the same coin
This study documents the correlation between workers' rights and union organising - and shows they are two sides of the same coin. The correlation between workers' rights and the success of unions suggests that unions in Australia will need to continue their campaign to "Change...
Normalize negotiation: learning to negotiate salaries and improve compensation outcomes to transform library culture
This article explores academic librarians’ experiences with compensation negotiation, using a combination of survey and interview data.
A plan for a stronger Australia
This plan, aimed at creating a more resilient Australia, proposes measures to reform infrastructure planning, regional planning, higher education and vocational training, enterprise bargaining, income taxes, electricity policy, and more.
Is declining union membership contributing to low wages growth?
This paper concludes that trends in unionisation rates are unlikely to have contributed materially to the decline in wages growth in recent years. It is important to note that this conclusion is limited to only the most direct channel in which unions influence wages -...
Fair pay agreements: supporting workers and firms to drive productivity growth and share the benefits
The New Zealand government formed a Fair Pay Agreement Working Group to provide recommendations on the design of a sector-level bargaining system, in order to establish minimum terms and conditions for all workers in an industry or occupation. This report group's recommendations.
Implementation of the Australian government’s workplace bargaining framework
The objective of this audit was to assess the Australian Public Service Commission’s and selected entities’ implementation of the Australian government’s workplace bargaining framework.
On the brink: the erosion of enterprise agreement coverage in Australia’s private sector
Australia’s enterprise bargaining system is crumbling rapidly in private sector workplaces, according to the findings in this report from the Centre for Future Work.
New Zealand’s screen industry: great work, great workers
The Film Industry Working Group was set up at the beginning of this year with representation from across the screen industry, Business New Zealand and the Council of Trade Unions. This report provides recommendations on restoring collective bargaining rights to film production workers.
Working time developments in the 21st century: work duration and its regulation in the EU
This report examines the main trends and milestones characterising the evolution of the most important aspects of collectively agreed working time in the European Union during the first decade of the 21st century. Drawing primarily on information collected by Eurofound across all EU Member States...
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...
The Fair Work Act: its impact within Australian workplaces
This is AHRI’s second study, in association with Deakin University, on the impact for the Fair Work Act in Australian workplaces. The findings provide a first hand perspective on the operational impact of the Fair Work laws.
The International Labour Organisation's core labour standards and the Workplace Relations Act 1996
This paper outlines the ILO’s concerns and examines future prospects, including by assessing relevant Australian Labor Party (ALP) and Australian Greens’ policy commitments.
AWAs, collective agreements and earnings: beneath the aggregate data
In introducing the ‘WorkChoices’ reforms, the federal government argued that they would encourage increased wages, particularly through Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs). Using unpublished data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Employee Earnings and Hours (EEH) Survey for May 2006 (released March 2007), this report...