Labour Law Liberalisation and Regulatory Arbitrage
Australian Journal of Labour Law, 33(2), 183-208, 2020
Posted: 5 Jan 2021
Date Written: November 25, 2020
This article studies food work regulation to connect legal practices with industrial relations and the organisation of work. It identifies how food providers take advantage of labour law liberalisation as they reorganise food distribution and delivery and compete for the household meal. In particular, the article assesses their capacity to practise regulatory arbitrage and avoid the legal checks of employment contracts and awards which workers and their unions seek to have apply to them. The study finds that while some checks are being applied, only a comprehensive labour law regime would fully protect vulnerable workers. The case study is Australia based.
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