Industrial Relations

Australia's unique system of industrial relations involves:


  • a very high level of minimum wages

  • a central wage fixing body which determines most other wage rates

  • compulsory arbitration before a court that is largely comprised of ex -union leaders

  • union rights to demand employers negotiate wages and conditions even if only a minority of employees support union coverage

  • lawless activity by some unions in key sectors that imposes extremely high costs on employers they target


Issues stemming from these matters are addressed in the following articles