WORKPLACE RELATIONSHIPS June 27, 2005Posted by wmmbb in Category to be ascribed.
Bradon Ellem and Russell Lansbury suggest the Howard reforms will increase the gap between high income earners and low income earners.1
These changes are not just aimed at wages, but wages and conditions. The authors conclude:
To secure prosperity and to meet the challenges of labour market and skill shortages, slowing productivity and work-life tension, Australia needs innovative reform. Yet the Government has come up with an old-fashioned, low-wage solution.
Howard’s employment relationships policy shows the familiar characteristics, managing to be both divisive and cruel. Howard might be a Thatherite: “There is not such thing as society”.
1.I well aware of the pathetic ad hominen arguments against these authors.
- Just the facts on Labor’s workplace reforms (thepunch.com.au)
- The wage/benefit tradeoff (futureadvisor.com)
- NBER Research Summary: Offshoring, International Trade, and American Workers (economistsview.typepad.com)
- Social costs The War on Wages Part 3 (ldpaszli.org)
- More female managers do not reduce wage gap (eurekalert.org)