The Accord between the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Australian Labor Party was a landmark agreement that served as the foundation stone of the Hawke and Keating government’s economic and industrial relations policies. Although the Accord is widely credited as helping to modernise and bring greater stability to the Australian economy, its legacy remains highly contentious.
The Accord 30 Years On will reflect upon the Accord’s strengths and weaknesses and its significance for informing responses to current public policy and industrial relations challenges. The symposium will bring together prominent academics and leaders from government, business and unions to evaluate the legacy and impact of the Accord on issues such as productivity, living standards, and union influence, and assess its contemporary relevance.
A selection of papers from the conference will be refereed and published in the Journal of Industrial Relations in the February 2014 issue. The event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Workforce Futures (Macquarie University), the Union Strategy Research Group (University of Sydney Business School) and the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand).
Speakers at the symposium include:
- The Hon. RJL Hawke AC, Prime Minister of Australia 1983-1991
- Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group
- Ged Kearney, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions
- Bert Evans AO, former Chief Executive, Metal Trades Industry Association
- Bill Kelty AC, former Secretary Australian Council of Trade Unions
- Emeritus Professor William Brown, University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor, Macquarie University
- Emeritus Professor Keith Hancock, Flinders University
- Professor Ray Markey, Director Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University
- Professor John Buchanan, University of Sydney
- Professor David Peetz, Griffith University
- Emeritus Professor Russell Lansbury, University of Sydney
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