Collective bargaining in the agricultural sector

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van Caenegem, W., Taylor, M., Cleary, J., & Marshall, B. (2015). Collective bargaining in the agricultural sector. Canberra: RIRDC.

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This study provides the first comprehensive analysis of collective bargaining in Australian agriculture since the enactment of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). It identifies economic, socio-cultural and legal factors that affect uptake in various product sectors. It also assesses the potential socio-economic benefits of collective bargaining, and the various organisational structures, including agricultural co-operatives, that could support it more effectively in Australia. The study focuses on ways to increase the fraction of the supply chain surplus retained by farmers.



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