A LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVE ON INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES IN AUSTRALIA: 1913–2003

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  • L. J. Perry

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      School of Finance and Economics, University of Technology, Sydney. Thanks go to the Journal's referees for their valued comments and suggestions. The author alone is responsible for any remaining errors.


Abstract

The decline in industrial disputes over the last two or three decades in Australia and abroad has been noted by labour market researchers and commentators in general. Most if not all of this recent research and commentary focuses on post-World War II experience, and in particular the period commencing with the 1960s. This paper reviews the recent decline in disputation in a broad historical context and compares recent experience with a near-century's worth of official data collected on the topic. It is noted that the recent decline in disputes is in many respects quite unprecedented, and that the characteristics of disputes in more recent years have been markedly dissimilar to the characteristics exhibited in earlier eras.

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