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Women, Wages and Industrial Agreements

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  • Gillian Whitehouse

    () (University of Queensland)

  • Betty Frino

    (University of Sydney)

Abstract

This paper focuses on the gendered effects of the current combination of industrial agreements in Australia - both in the sense of the distribution of men and women across different types of agreements, and gender inequality within agreement types. We draw on Australian Bureau of Statistics data to illustrate the uneven distribution of men and women between different methods of setting pay and conditions, and consider implications of this for gender earnings equity. We also investigate gender differences in pay increases and working conditions within a recent sample of collective enterprise agreements. Overall, the paper illustrates some of the on-going risks for gender equity under current wage bargaining arrangements.

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  • Gillian Whitehouse & Betty Frino, 2003. "Women, Wages and Industrial Agreements," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 6(4), pages 579-596, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:6:y:2003:i:4:p:579-596
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    Keywords

    Wages; Compensation and Labor Costs - Other Economics of Gender Discrimination - Other;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J39 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Other
    • J79 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Other

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