There will no doubt be a myriad of players with a vested interest in the retention of the status quo who shall rush to critique the following observations of the Fair Work Act.

They will use quantitative measures, such as the Australian Bureau of Statistic’s latest measures on the level of industrial disputation, in order to justify their positions and argue the following observations are ‘alarmist rhetoric’.

However, in taking such an approach what they will in fact do is gloss over some of the substantive issues being faced by resource industry employers; dismissing the fact employers are often facing considerable challenges in their negotiations in an environment where in some cases a workforce is yet to be put in place, and in other cases agreement is reached in order to simply avoid the prospect of a series of crippling industrial stoppages.

In the lead up to the introduction of the Fair Work Act……

Download The Mining Chronicle Editorial by Steve Knott here