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Higgins, 1951. Social Research 18(3):335-369

Wage-Fixing by Compulsory Arbitration--The Lesson of Australia
Benjamin H. Higgins

Social Research: An International Quarterly

Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 18, No. 3 (Fall 1951): 335-369

EXCERPT: The Commonwealth of Australia has probably accumulated more experience with the control of labor-management relations through compulsory arbitration than any other country. In terms of the proportion of the labor force and the aspects of labor contracts covered by court awards, the scope of compulsory arbitration in Australia is remarkably wide. Awards usually include provision for a huge variety of factors including basic wages for unskilled adult workers, minimum margins for semiskilled and skilled workers, minimum rates for piece workers, adjustment of wage rates to cost of living, for standard hours to be worked, holidays, annual leave and all manners of other considerations. -Because of the length and breadth of experience with compulsory arbitration in Australia, the experience of that country is of particular interest, and may indicate problems that would be faced by other countries extending the scope of legal regulation of labor-management relations.
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