Gordon Anderson

Transforming Workplace Relations in New Zealand 1976-2016

ISBN: 9781776561735

November 2017

In the late 1960s New Zealand’s industrial relations entered the most turbulent era in its history. The following three decades witnessed the decline and eventual repeal of the arbitration system which had dominated industrial relations since 1894 and culminated with the enactment of the neo-liberal Employment Contracts Act in 1991. It was not until a decade later that the Employment Relations Act 2000 provided a broad agreement on the regulation of labour relations, resulting in almost two decades of relative stability.
Transforming Workplace Relations reflects on this revolution and speculates on the future of work relationships in a world challenged by newly evolving forms of work and employment. Contributors include both those who lived through the last 40 years as well as those who, in another 40 years, may again look back over a much changed employment landscape.

This collection marks the 40th anniversary of the inaugural publication in May 1976 of New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations, a journal which continues to provide a multi-disciplinary commentary and analysis of the changes impacting the lives of working New Zealanders and their employers.



Driving Transformation
The Changing Landscape Of Workplace Relations. Ian McAndrew, Alan Geare and Fiona Edgar
The Politics of Workplace Reform: 40 Years of Change. Margaret Wilson
Administering Workplace Relationships: From IR To HR. Jane Bryson

Measuring Transformation
A Brief History Of Labour’s Share Of Income In New Zealand 1939–2016. Bill Rosenberg
Collective Bargaining Across Four Decades: Lessons From CLEW’s Collective Agreement Database. Stephen Blumenfeld and Noelle Donnelly

Areas of Transformation
Reforming Workplace Health and Safety Regulation – Second Time Lucky? Viktoriya Pashorina-Nichols, Felicity Lamm and Gordon Anderson
Women in the Workforce: Still Unequal after all these Years? Amanda Reilly and Annick Masselot
Waves of Interest in Employee Participation in New Zealand. Erling Rasmussen and Ronny Tedestedt

Legal Transformation
Competing Visions and the Transformation of New Zealand Labour Law. Gordon Anderson
The Influence of the Legal Profession on Dispute Resolution after 1990. Susan Robson
ACC and Workers’ Health: Compensation, Compromises and Consequences. Dawn Duncan

Conclusion: Industrial Relations in Forty Years. The Editors


Gordon Anderson is a Professor of Law at Victoria University
 of Wellington. He has written widely on employment law, and
his publications include Labour Law in New Zealand (2011),
 Mazengarb’s Employment Law (looseleaf ed, with J Hughes, M Leggart, P Roth and others) and Reconstructing New Zealand’s Labour Law (VUP 2011). He has published numerous articles both in New Zealand and internationally.

Cover photos:
Industrial Dispute, Customhouse Quay, Wellington, 1976, by Ans Westra, courtesy of the artist and Suite Gallery
Rea Williams from The Fresh Desk cleaning company during the announcement of the 2016 New Zealand Living Wage rate, by Cameron Burnell, courtesy of Fairfax Media NZ / Dominion Post.

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