Industrial relations change in the Illawarra region of NSW: an insight into responses to the Workplace Relations Act
This paper examines the impact of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 by looking at changes in the behaviour of panel data for workplaces in the Illawarra Region of NSW for the years 1996 and 2004. The results support the proposition that the major impact has been on the level of unionisation andunion density in these workplaces. There was virtually no expansion in the use of enterprise bargaining or AWAs, although there was a small but significant increase in non-union agreement making.
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