Work Reform and Productivity Unit

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The Institute of Public Affairs Work Reform and Productivity Unit examines workplace relations issues. The Unit looks at how laws and social attitudes impact the ability of managers to run businesses and maximise employment opportunities. The Work Reform and Productivity Unit looks at workplace occupational health and safety issues, union activity in industrial sectors, skilled immigration, and the rise of the independent contractor.

Work safety

What are the basic principles of work safety in law and in practice? The Work Reform and Productivity Unit grounds the study of occupational health and safety legal regimes from a position of individual responsiblity and freedom of contract. For an introduction, see Workplace Health and Safety. The seminal IPA report The Politics of a Tragedy: The Gretley Mine Disaster and NSW OHS examines how the Gretley coal mining disaster triggered the introduction of Australia's worst OHS laws in NSW. More Work Safety publications.

The Australian construction sector

The Work Reform and Productivity Unit has a special focus on examining the market-corrupting practices endemic in the construction sector, and looking at the impact of the legal reforms of 2006-07 that focused on cleaning out much of that corruption. See for instance Anatomy of the Screw and Industrial Relations and the Struggle to Build in Victoria

The Work Reform held a major conference on construction industry reforms in 2007. Papers from the conference are available here.

See also

Capacity to manage index: the Work Reform and Productivity Unit has rated over 250 industrial instruments and their impact on managerial capacity in a wide variety of industries. See Capacity to Manage Reports.

The state of the food manufacturing sector: studies uncovering some key reasons why the Australian food manufacturing sector is underperforming. See Food Manufacturing Facing the Wall and Take Away Take Away.

Outworking: the unusually high industrial relations regulation of the clothing manufacturing sector, allegedly introduced to protect outworkers, has in fact damaged some of the most vulnerable workers in Australia. See Why Has the Arse Fallen Out of the Clothing Manufacturing Industry? and Outworkers Speak Out.

Casual Employment: the Work Reform held a conference on casual employment in 2004. Discussion papers from the conference are available here.

Industrial Relations and Trade Practices Law: The Work Reform and Productivity Unit held two conferences in 2003 and 2004 on how trade practices legislation could and should impact industrial relations. Papers from the conferences are avialable here: Trade Practices vs Industrial Relations: Balancing the Acts (2004) and The Last Frontier: Making Industrial Relations Subject to the TPA (2003).

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Entitlements, by any Other Name, are Forced Loans

Work Reform and Productivity Unit | Ken Phillips
Australian Financial Review 4th February, 2002

The core problem with worker entitlements is the very use of the term entitlements which confuses the focus of the debate and policy options....

User Pays Principle Could Sink Unions

Work Reform and Productivity Unit | Ken Phillips
Australian Financial Review 23rd January, 2002

In early 2001 the Australian union movement hailed a victory that on the surface offers to help turn the tide of their continuing membership...

The Quiet Destroyer

Work Reform and Productivity Unit | Mike Nahan
Herald Sun 8th December, 2001

Globalisation is steadily turning our IR system into a quiet job-destruction machine. Ours is an adversarial system based on periodic, no...

Fox-Lew Bid Could Present Wider Dangers to IR Reform

Work Reform and Productivity Unit | Alan Moran
Australian Financial Review 1st December, 2001

The Fox-Lew proposals for Ansett would take us forward to the past. There was a time when each Australian manufacturing industry was granted a...

IR is Destroying Value

Work Reform and Productivity Unit | Mike Nahan
Herald Sun 12th November, 2001

We are set to lose one of our largest and more prospective wool-processing firms. Feltex Australia---the largest local manufacturer of carpets,...

IR is Killing the Food Industry

Work Reform and Productivity Unit | Mike Nahan
Herald Sun 10th November, 2001

The industrial relations system is killing the food manufacturing industry. Over the last sixteen months, fourteen food processing plants have...

Union Muscle Chokes Business to Death

Work Reform and Productivity Unit | Alan Moran
Australian Financial Review 4th October, 2001

Ansett's bankruptcy has a message that goes far beyond the airline industry. It is a message that union muscle can strangle the goose that lays the...

The Demise of Ansett

Work Reform and Productivity Unit | Mike Nahan
Herald Sun 29th September, 2001

Ansett's collapse should send a chill around Australia. Not just because of its demise, but because of what it says about our work culture and its...

Who Should Bear the Costs of Workers' Entitlements?

Work Reform and Productivity Unit | Ken Phillips
Australian Financial Review 22nd September, 2001

Employee anger over the loss of their accrued entitlements by failed firms should at first instance be directed at Australia's industrial relations...

Think Twice Before Adopting European Labour Relations

Work Reform and Productivity Unit | Mike Nahan
Herald Sun 7th July, 2001

Amongst union leaders, Europe is the preferred benchmark for labour laws. Whether it be a protected role for unions, collective bargaining, minimum...

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