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The 1998 Waterfront Dispute was described by John Howard the Prime Minister as a defining moment in Australias industrial relations history It represented a change in government strategy from the Labor Governments partisan stance to the Liberal Governments provocative stance Discuss a the extent to which this statement reflects the change in policy accurately and b the extent to which this change affects the contemporary practice of employment relations During the time period from 1996-1977 the Australian Government and NFFnational farmers Federation consider various option to replace Maritime Time Union Association MUA They glad plan involved cooperation restructuring companies employing MUA labour in the Patrick Empire Patrick and his legal advisor and consultants consider various option to re-place union workers On 7 April 1998 Patrick sacked its 1400 MUA workforce at its various location across Australia and replaces them with non-union workforce Patrick Steverdorin formely Strang Patrick Holdings were backed up by Australian Liberal Government NFF National Farmers Federation on other hand the Stevedores workers had the full support of MUA backed by Australian Workers Union AWU International Transport Workers Federation ITWF coal miners The government involvement in the company was because of two reasons poor efficiency and low productivity by MUA workforce compare to international standards The abuse and breach of Australia Work Act AWAs 1996 to employ non-union labor substituted with union labor was the central characteristics of waterfront dispute Reference 1 httpwwwworkersnewsflexcomauwn200398webhtml 2 Liberal and National Parties 1996 Transport Policy httpwwwliberalorgauARCHIVESTRANSPORTtranshtm Svensen S 1995 The Sinews of War Hard Cash and the 1890 Maritime Strike University of New South Wales Press NSW Yes the statement stated above is true the Labor Government was in a way in favor with unions Source tells there was close connection between Australian Labor Trade UnionACTU Hawke and Keating labor could not purse full deregulation the labour as business community would have liked But they negotiated unions
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