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Enterprise Bargaining, Working time and police


  • Jenny Fleming

    () (Griffith University)

  • David Peetz

    (Griffith University)


In this paper, we study the enterprise bargaining process in the Queensland Police Service and the consequences of resultant new payment arrangements. Although both management and the union were convinced that no one would be worse off under enterprise bargaining, views amongst the affected police were in fact more divided. Differences in attitudes to bargaining outcomes reflected several factors, in particular the differential impact of the agreements on relative wage outcomes. Where there was resentment of bargaining outcomes this increased disaffection with management, the job and the union. While money was the most important factor in shaping views on bargaining outcomes, process (in particular, perceived consultation) was also important.

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  • Jenny Fleming & David Peetz, 2002. "Enterprise Bargaining, Working time and police," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 5(1), pages 45-60, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:5:y:2002:i:1:p:45-60

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    Wages; Compensation and Labour Costs; General Time Allocation and Labour Supply (Hours of Work; Part-Time) Labour-Management Relations; Trade Unions; and Bargaining; Public Policy;

    JEL classification:

    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J58 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Public Policy


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