Failing to live up to the promise: the politics of equal pay in 'new' workplace and industrial relations institutions

Macdonald, F and Charlesworth, S 2018, 'Failing to live up to the promise: the politics of equal pay in 'new' workplace and industrial relations institutions', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 446-462.


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Title Failing to live up to the promise: the politics of equal pay in 'new' workplace and industrial relations institutions
Author(s) Macdonald, F
Charlesworth, S
Year 2018
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science
Volume number 53
Issue number 4
Start page 446
End page 462
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Workplace and industrial relations regulations are key sites for policy intervention to address Australia's gender pay gap, which, at 15.3 per cent, is almost as large as it was in 1997. In both the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth) the goal of equal pay has a more central place than it did in predecessor legislation. In particular, the Fair Work Act has the potential to deliver more gender-equitable wage structures through addressing systemic gender-based undervaluation at the industry level. Adopting a feminist institutional approach this article examines equal pay policy in the operations of workplace and industrial relations regulation to ask why, despite some recent successes, this potential appears unlikely to be realised.
Subject Industrial Relations
Public Administration
Keyword(s) Equal pay
gender equality
feminist institutionalism
industrial relations
Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012
Fair Work Act 2009
DOI - identifier 10.1080/10361146.2018.1502256
Copyright notice © 2018 Australian Political Studies Association
ISSN 1036-1146
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