Australian Left Review

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Briefings: 1. The Wages of Sin 2. Farrow Fallout 3. A Convenient Marriage 4. Pondering the Abyss


Question: When was the last round of collective wage bargaining in Australia and what was its outcome?

Answer: At the peak of the 'resources boom' in 1981-82 when the metal workers' union won a $39 pay rise and a 38-hour week which flowed on to the rest of the workforce.