Strike Ballots and the Law in Australia
Australian Journal of Labour Law, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 154-170, 2016
19 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2017
Date Written: September 18, 2017
The mandatory provision of strike ballots was first introduced in Australia in 2006. Since that time the ballot requirement has become an accepted part of the framework of workplace regulation, although there is continuing debate about the form which the requirements ought to take. Whilst the ballot provisions generally operate fairly smoothly, they have enabled employers to delay the taking of industrial action in some instances. As in other jurisdictions, the ballot provisions were ostensibly intended to promote democratic decision-making in relation to industrial action. They are, however, based on false premises, and far from promoting respect for democratic principles, they are in many respects antithetical to them.
Keywords: Strike, industrial action, strike ballots, democracy, secret ballots, the right to strike, Australia, Fair Work Act, protected industrial action
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K31
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