Bargaining at Work

Subject LAWS70135 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: The total class time is between 24 and 26 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
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Subject Overview:

Principal topics will include:

  • The constitutional basis of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) as it relates to regulating and making workplace agreements
  • Relevant international legal principles and Australia‚Äôs obligations in this respect
  • Theories and purposes of industrial action in workplace bargaining
  • Common law regulation of strikes and industrial action
  • The system regulating workplace bargaining under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), including the conduct of bargaining and the taking of protected industrial action, and the role of trade unions
  • The form, function and content of registered workplace agreements
  • The relationship of workplace agreements to other means of regulating working conditions, including the contract of employment
  • Special regulation of bargaining and industrial action in the building and construction industry.
Objectives:

A student who has successfully completed this subject should:

  • Have an understanding of the principles of Australian employment and labour relations law promoting the setting of working conditions through both collective and individual negotiations at the workplace
  • Be able to apply, at an advanced level, relevant legal principles to problem-solving exercises
  • Understand the common law regulating taking industrial action, the regime for protected action under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the differences between them
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of law, and of institutions such as the common law courts and industrial tribunals in regulating workplace relations
  • Understand the historical and continuing role of trade unions in bargaining.
Assessment:

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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