Transforming Workplace Relations in New Zealand 1976-2016
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.
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.
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.