Collective Bargaining in the Agricultural Sector

Final Report for 15/055 RIRDC Project No PRJ-010001, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, (pp. 1 - 103), 2015

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 18/20

118 Pages Posted: 9 May 2018

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William van Caenegem

Bond University

Madeline Taylor

The University of Sydney Law School

Jennifer Cleary

University of Adelaide

Brenda Marshall

Bond University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 13, 2018

Abstract

This study provides the first comprehensive analysis of collective bargaining in Australian agriculture since the enactment of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). It identifies economic, socio-cultural and legal factors that affect uptake in various product sectors. It also assesses the potential socio-economic benefits of collective bargaining, and the various organisational structures, including agricultural co-operatives, that could support it more effectively in Australia. The study focuses on ways to increase the fraction of the supply chain surplus retained by farmers.

Keywords: Agricultural Law, Competition Law, Farmers’ Rights, Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), socio-economic theory, regulatory theory, collective bargaining, agriculture in Australia, co-operatives, comparative law, human geography

JEL Classification: K10, K30, Q10, Q13, Q18

Suggested Citation

van Caenegem, William and Taylor, Madeline and Cleary, Jennifer and Marshall, Brenda, Collective Bargaining in the Agricultural Sector (April 13, 2018). Final Report for 15/055 RIRDC Project No PRJ-010001, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, (pp. 1 - 103), 2015; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 18/20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3161863

William Van Caenegem

Bond University ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229
Australia

Madeline Taylor (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Jennifer Cleary

University of Adelaide ( email )

No 233 North Terrace, School of Commerce
Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia

Brenda Marshall

Bond University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229
Australia

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