Private dispute resolution processes could form an important supplementary channel of workplace dispute resolution in Australia. However, it is principally an option for the more sophisticated and resourced industrial actors, and has to be based on sound principles, the most important of which are legitimacy and efficacy. The model offered by Work Choices is entirely deficient on all key counts. Legislative reform and a shared enthusiasm by the workplace parties would be needed before private dispute resolution could take root in Australia.
"Dispute resolution in the workplace: public issues, private troubles,"
8, Article 1.
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