From Harvester to Work Choices

Ian Harriss, William Murray Robbins

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    FROM HARVESTER TO WORK CHOICES DR IAN HARRISS & DR BILL ROBBINS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & IT CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY ABSTRACT This paper argues that the theoretical and contractual basis of employment at the Sunshine Harvester Factory in 1907 were very similar to those which motivate and guide the Work Choices Act 2005. Both view employment as private and rely on individual bargaining without concern with the equity of power between parties. This paper provides a detailed insight into wage fixing in the Harvester plant by using the evidence provided by George McKay, brother of H. V. McKay, in the transcript of the Harvester case.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLabour Traditions
    Subtitle of host publicationThe tenth national labour history conference
    EditorsJulie Kimber, Peter Love, Phillip Deery
    Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
    PublisherAustralian Society for the Study of Labour History
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9780980388312
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventAustralian Society for the Study of Labour History Conference - Melbourne, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 04 Jul 200806 Jul 2008


    ConferenceAustralian Society for the Study of Labour History Conference


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