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A program of voluntary uniform national wage adjustments related to consumer price and national productivity movements came to an end. The author explains why.

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A change of government since December 1975 has resulted in tougher legislation to deal with union power, a generally tighter economic policy, and a strong stand in favor of reduced real wages.

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An Overseas Correspondent reports the return to dominance of the Australian Arbitration Commission. In 1975, the Commission, after extensive hearings, ruled in favor of a nationwide initial wage increase of 3.5 per cent, equaling the rise in the Australian Consumer Price Index, with provisions for further indexing thereafter.

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An Overseas Correspondent report. 1974 was a “very troubled period for Australia”, with the number of strikes breaking all previous records. The report reviews legislation, and court decisions in actions taken by the Australian Arbitration Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.

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Report of the committee on overseas correspondents

Reports on 1973 changes in labor relations law in Australia and the United Kingdom

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Report of the committee on overseas correspondents

Reports on 1973 changes in labor relations law in Australia and the United Kingdom

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