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The Accord Between the Unions and Government in Australia: A New Experiment in Industrial Relations? (Classic Reprint)

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The Accord Between the Unions and Government in Australia: A New Experiment in Industrial Relations? (Classic Reprint)

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    Russell D. Lansbury (Author)
Background to the Accord When the Labor government, led by Robert Hawke, was elected in February 1983, one of the key planks in the platform of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) was an Accord on Economic and Social Policy between the ALP and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), the confederation of labour, which covers approximately 90 percent of all trade union members in A ustralia. The Accord was the outcome of exhaustive negotiations between the ACTU and the ALP from 1979-83, during which time Hawke served both as the President of the ACTU (until 1980) and the Federal parliamentary leader of the ALP (from the beginning of 1983). The Accord was a prominent issue of the 1983 election campaign with the then Liberal Party Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, calling the Accord a chilling blue-print for socialism and a socialist manifesto ,while Hawke (elected Opposition leader only a few weeks before the election) hailed the Accord as an historic agreement between the ALP and the trade union movement which would be the key to national reconciliation and recovery .T he Accord was a centerpiece of ALP strategy since the election was called ostensibly because of the unwillingness of some unions to abide by the wage pause initiated by the Fraser government. The origin of the Accord is to be found in the demise of the previous Whitlam government, the first Federal Labor government to be elected since 1949, which ran into deep economic problems during its period of office, 1973-1975. While the Whitlam governments tenure coincided with world-wide inflationary pressures, its failure to reach an early agreement with the trade unions on a wage and price policy was an important factor in the downfall of that government.
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  • Russell D. Lansbury (Author)
  • Forgotten Books (24 July 2012)
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