Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/78633
Type: Journal article
Title: Of 'kamikazes' and 'mad men': the fallout from the QANTAS industrial dispute
Author: Forsyth, A.
Stewart, A.
Citation: Melbourne University Law Review, 2013; 36(3):785-830
Publisher: Melbourne University Law Review
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0025-8938
1839-3810
Statement of
Responsibility: 
Anthony Forsyth and Andrew Stewart
Abstract: The Qantas industrial dispute made headlines around the world, after the airline took the drastic step in October 2011 of grounding its fleet ahead of a proposed lockout of a large proportion of its workforce. Essentially a contest between job security and employment flexibility, the dispute was one of the most significant in Australia for some time. This article examines the origins and circumstances of the Qantas dispute and the issues it highlighted as to the operation of key aspects of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). We conclude that, particularly in light of the federal industrial tribunal’s endorsement of the airline’s strategy and support for the concept of ‘managerial prerogative’, the dispute may have long-term implications for workplace regulation in Australia.
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0020128834
Description (link): http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/mulr/issues/previous-issues/2012-volume-36/2012-volume-36-3
Published version: http://www.mulr.com.au/issues/36_3/36_3_1.pdf
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