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Sheldon and Thornthwaite (2013) have interviewed employer association representatives and examined their public statements and submissions. From their research, they question whether the changes to Modern Awards that employer associations are currently advocating would enhance productivity. With regard to issues such as penalty rates and flexibility, there is evidence that employer association preferences relate to cost cutting and enhanced managerial prerogative rather than productivity. Discuss.
In 2013, students in 200614 EIR undertook a survey. One question put to participants was: ��Should workers receive ��penalty rates’ for working unsociable hours (hours outside of 7am – 7pm Monday to Friday)?’ From 243 people, 86 per cent said yes. Yet employer associations and the Federal government are generally opposed to penalty rates.
The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) has been in operation for around four years and was reviewed in 2012. This year, there is a review of Modern Awards. Employer associations and the Australian Council of Trade Unions have different views about changes they would like to see made to Modern Awards.
200300 Managing People at Work introduced you to employers’ interests around the management of work and the employment relationship. In Enterprise Industrial Relations, we are asking you to go further, to look at employers’ preferences for the regulation of work and the employment relationship so they can best pursue those interests. That is, what do employers want from an
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industrial relations system? Is it about cost-cutting and managerial prerogative? Does the current IR system encourage good HRM and high-performance work systems that underpin productivity growth?
Employer associations and trade unions use rhetoric (��spin’) and ambit (IR jargon that means asking for more than you reasonably expect to get) to influence their members, tribunals, governments, and voters. This assignment invites you to dig below the surface of statements via a stakeholder analysis. Sources for this essay
The unit’s required readings will provide a foundation of knowledge for the essay (especially Boxall and Purcell 2011 and the Journal of Industrial Relations articles). You will also need to go to organisations’ websites. Prominent employer associations that made submissions to the Modern Award Review include the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Industry Group. The Australian Council of Trade Unions’ (ACTU) submission would serve as a useful contrast. We expect that your assignment will demonstrate knowledge of the position of at least two employer associations via their submissions to the Modern Award Review.
Submissions are available from the Fair Work Commission site: http://www.fwc.gov.au/index.cfm?pagename=awardsmodernfouryr&page=submissions
These short readings from also count as ��credible’ sources:
Irvine, J. (2012), ��More fiction than fact in talk of poor productivity’, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 May, p.13. [database], date accessed 10 February 2014.
Hannan, E. (2014), ��Caterers bite on weekend rates’, The Australian, February 6, p.4 < http://search.proquest.com/docview/1494371892?accountid=36155 > [database], date accessed 10 February 2014.
Harley, B. (2014), ��Workplace deregulation won’t boost productivity’, The Conversation, 10 February < http://theconversation.com/workplace-deregulation-wont-boost-productivity-22942 > [website], date accessed 10 February 2014.
Peetz, D. (2013), ��Coalition’s productivity obsession makes for flawed IR policy’, The Conversation, 14 May < http://theconversation.com/coalitions-productivity-obsession-makes-for-flawed-ir-policy-14145 > [website], date accessed 10 February 2014.
Wooden, M. (2012), ��Penalty Rates in Awards: do we really need them?’, The Conversation, 10 September, < http://theconversation.edu.au/penalty-rates-in-awards-do-we-really-need-them-9255> [website], date accessed 19 February 2013.
Green, R., Toner, P. and Agarwal, R. (2012), Australia’s Choice: the ��high road’ to productivity or a race to the bottom’, The Conversation, 14 November < http://theconversation.com/australias-choice-the-high-road-to-productivity-or-a-race-to-the-bottom-10695 > [website], date accessed 10 February 2014.
Markey, R. (2012), ��Changing Work Practices Alone Will Not Boost Productivity’, The Conversation, 28 November < http://theconversation.edu.au/changing-work-practices-alone-will-not-boost-productivity-10946> [website], date accessed 19 February, 2013.

-Please include Critical Analysis in the body.
-Show understanding of the findings and arguments from Sheldon and Thornwaite 2013
-Show knowledge of the position of at least two employer associations

I will attach the entire learning guide and It will be from Page 8 to Page 13.
I have attached the Units Learning Guide with it and all the additional information is in it.
It is Assessment number 2: Individual essay (30%) which begins on page 8 to page 13, where the marking criteria ends.

It will have all the requirements for this essay on those pages (8 to 13)

I would specifically like you to ‘agree’ with the essay question.
-Show understanding of the findings and arguments from Sheldon and Thornthwaite 2013
– Include critical analysis
– show knowledge of the position of at least two employer associations
– finally 1250 +10% word limit.

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