Vol. 28 No. 4 2002
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ItemThe impact of industrial relations systems on training: Evidence from selected industrialised economies(National Institute of Labour Studies, 2002)This paper argues that different systems of industrial relations foster or discourage social dialogue in relation to training and other matters. Countries which have more cooperative or consensual based systems of industrial relations tend to have greater dialogue between the social partners on training than those which do not. They also appear to have more comprehensive and integrated approaches to training at micro and macro levels. It should be emphasised that while industrial relations do not act in a deterministic way to create particular training outcomes, they appear to have an important influence on these issues. Furthermore, while the institutional bases of industrial relations systems are in the process of change and the concept of social partnership is becoming broader, social dialogue is likely to continue to play an important role in skill formation and development.
ItemIn search of flexibility: Implications for temporary agency workers and human resource management(National Institute of Labour Studies, 2002)This paper examines the role of HR and labour flexibility in relation to temporary work arrangements within an Australian context. Such arrangements have increased over recent years due to user firm demand and temporary work agency supply. One of the most frequently cited reasons for the growth in temporary working has been the labour flexibility it provides to user firms. The authors provide an inside view of temporary work in relation to five key HR areas: recruitment and selection, integration and identification, employee commitment, HR administration and training. Finally, implications for HR within the temporary work sector are outlined.
ItemSelf-employment programs and outcomes for disadvantaged jobseekers(National Institute of Labour Studies, 2002)People considered at a disadvantage in the labour market, such as the long-term unemployed, mature-aged jobseekers and people from a non-English speaking background pose a significant challenge for policy makers. Policy interventions, such as job search training and other forms of intensive assistance for these groups, can be undone by the potential for discrimination that they face in the labour market. Self-employment provides the means to circumvent these issues. The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), operated under the Job Network, has in the past been very successful in placing people into various forms of employment, although the persistence of these outcomes remains largely unknown due to the timing of post-programme monitoring. In this paper the outcomes of a cohort of NEIS participants who had been off the financial assistance provided under the scheme for around 24 months are examined. The feasibility and likely impacts of expanding the scheme for disadvantaged groups are discussed.
ItemDrought, regions and the Australian economy between 2001-02 and 2004-05(National Institute of Labour Studies, 2002)N/A