• The Chamber (map)
  • Building 1, Level 2R, Room 17 124 La Trobe Street,
  • Melbourne

The RMIT Inaugural Professorial Lectures were established with the aim of celebrating newly appointed professors and an opportunity for them to provide an informative account of their research areas.

Speaker: Professor Anthony Forsyth

Anthony Forsyth is Director of Juris Doctor Programs at RMIT University in Melbourne,
where he teaches Labour Law and Introduction to the Australian Legal System. His main
area of academic research is the Fair Work Act collective bargaining framework and laws
providing for union recognition and good faith bargaining in Canada, USA and UK.

He recently completed a Fair Work Commission-funded study of the tribunal’s involvement in the enterprise bargaining process, an in-depth study of the 2011-12 Qantas bargaining dispute, and is now working on a case study of the Cochlear dispute.

His work on collective bargaining, workplace dispute resolution, trade unions and workplace privacy/ social media has been widely published in Australian and international books and journals. Anthony also works as a Consultant with the Corrs Chambers Westgarth Workplace Relations Group.

Topic: Is There Really an Industrial Relations “Club”?
For around 30 years now, a number of conservative political commentators and politicians have derided Australia’s industrial relations system through use of the pejorative label, “the IR Club”. The Club’s members, including the federal industrial tribunal, peak union bodies and key employer organisations have been blamed for imposing barriers to higher levels of efficiency and productivity in Australian workplaces.

It has been argued recently that, following the deregulatory IR reforms of the Hawke/Keating & Howard Governments, the Club was revived under Labor’s Fair Work Act and continues to pose a threat to employment and living standards.

This lecture will examine whether this is an accurate representation of Australia’s current workplace relations system - or whether the real focus of attacks on the IR Club is to undermine protections of minimum employment standards. The lecture will focus in particular on the role and processes of the Fair Work Commission, seeking to dispel the notion that it simply operates as an arm of the putative IR Club.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday 22 October
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Venue: The Chamber,
Building 1, Level 2R, Room 17
124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Free event – Registration essential
Register at https://researchinaction17.eventbrite.com.au