Tragedy or farce? The repetition of Australian industrial relations history, 1929 and 2007
- Topic: Tragedy or farce? The repetition of Australian industrial relations history, 1929 and 2007
- Speaker: Professor Ray Markey, Director, Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University
- Venue:Seminar Room, Level 6, Room 623, E4A
- When: 16th October, 2013, (Wed)
- Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
'Hegel remarks somewhere that all facts and personages of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.'
Marx, 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon
The national elections of 1929 and 2007 are the only two in Australian history where the government lost office and the Prime Ministers lost their seats. Both right wing governments undertook radical industrial relations reform attacking standards of work and shifting the balance of power to employers. Both election campaigns were dominated by industrial relations, and unions' grass roots mobilisation was critical in defeating the governments. The seminar utilises a diachronic comparative methodology to draw insights into the nature of Australian politics and the relationship between the unions and the Australian Labor Party.
Ray joined Macquarie at the end of 2011. Previously for 7 years he was Foundation Director of the NZ Work and Labour Market Institute at the Auckland University of Technology Business. His greatest passion in contemporary employment relations is employee voice or participation in decision-making in organisations.