Employee Relations for Organisational Effectiveness

MMH709 Employee Relations for Organisational Effectiveness
Assessment task 2 – 1st Trimester 2020
Written essay – Enterprise bargaining
Essay: 60% of the total grade for this unit.
Word length: 3,500 words (plus or minus 10%, excluding the wording contained in the reference list only).
Due date: 11.59pm (AEST), Friday, 29 May, 2020.
Unit Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this Unit, students should be able to do the following:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Analyse the theories and concepts of employment relations via examining the concept of productivity and the link between enterprise bargaining and productivity growth.
GLO1 Discipline-specific knowledge.
GLO2 Communication
GLO4 Critical thinking
Identify the views held by the main actors of employment relations towards the link thought to exist between enterprise bargaining and productivity growth.
GLO1 Discipline-specific knowledge.
GLO2 Communication
Identify the legal obligations placed on employers and the legal entitlements conferred in employees (and trade unions) when bargaining for enterprise agreements under the Fair Work Act 2009.
GLO1 Discipline-specific knowledge.
GLO2 Communication
Assessment feedback
In accordance with Faculty policy relating to units that have no exams, the feedback and grades for this assignment will be published on the Unit’s CloudDeakin site at the same time as academic results for the trimester are released.
Assessment task
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s (2017) ‘best practice guide [for] Improving workplace productivity in bargaining’ heralds a range of advantages associated with enterprise bargaining:
The Fair Work Act 2009 promotes productivity, fairness and cooperation through an emphasis on enterprise-level collective bargaining, underpinned by simple good faith bargaining obligations and clear rules regulating industrial action. Enterprise bargaining is a way of fostering a culture of change in the workplace and is a valuable tool in the process of continuous improvement. It can assist in the creation of
responsive and flexible enterprises and help to improve productivity and efficiency. Increased productivity can provide higher wages to workers or more secure and satisfying work, higher profits to employers and lower priced goods and services to the public.
Sally McManus (2018), the Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, has different view, as she has declared that the present system of enterprise bargaining is ‘broken’:
When we moved to an enterprise bargaining system, we imagined that the vast majority of Australian workers would be covered by enterprise agreements. Awards would only be a safety-net for a small number of workers. In response our award system has been stripped back to the bare minimum. But, enterprise bargaining is failing, and more and more people are depending on hollowed out awards. … Enterprise bargaining is so restrictive, so excessively regulated, it is smothering wage growth. The economy cannot grow unless wages grow. Working people must have greater freedom to negotiate and our laws must assist them even up the power imbalance so they can negotiate fair pay increases.
Clearly there is a difference of opinion here about how the enterprise bargaining system is operating under the Fair Work Act 2009. This assessment task has three aims. The first is to give you an appreciation of the legal processes involved in enterprise bargaining. The second is to give the opportunity to work with the Fair Work Act 2009 and acquaint you with its language and regulatory content. The final aim is to put you in touch with an important and still unfolding debate that has emerged over the efficacy of the present system of enterprise bargaining. To these ends, the assignment asks you to answer the following three questions.
1. Under the terms of the Fair Work Act 2009, what does the process of enterprise bargaining entail? (10 marks)
2. What views are held by trade unions and employer associations towards the present system of enterprise bargaining? (20 marks)
3. What evidence can or has been brought to bear in support of these views? (20 marks)
*** Grammar, syntax, spelling and citation method (10 marks)
Fair Work Ombudsman (2017) Best Practice Guide: Improving workplace productivity in bargaining, source <http://www.Improving-workplace-productivity-through-bargaining-best-practice-guide.pdf
Sally McManus (2018) [National] Press club speech, 21 March 2018: Change the rules for more secure jobs and fair pay, source, source <https://www.actu.org.au/media/1033746 /180320-national-press-club-speech-sally-mcmanus-march-21-2018.pdf
Assignment format
– This is not a group assignment.
– Adhere to the word limit as set out above.
– Double space your work.
– Do not provide an executive summary or table of contents. This is not a ‘report’. It is an essay that should conform with a standard format of its type (i.e., an introduction, a body and a conclusion).
– Either Harvard style in-text referencing or Oxford style footnoting is acceptable.
– There is no recommended number of sources that should be cited.
– Papers with no citation will attract an automatic zero. Resubmission is not an option.
– Papers that have no reference section will attract an automatic zero. Resubmission is not an option.
– Papers that do not apply correct citation format will be marked down, though markers will allow some leeway for minor errors if a genuine attempt to apply a correct citation format is evident. If you are unsure of how to cite the sources used when writing university level essays, then the following University web-site should be consulted:
– Papers that apply citation to mask plagiarism will be automatically referred to the Academic Progress Committee, as will all cases of plagiarism. If you are unsure of what constitutes plagiarism, then the following University web-site should be consulted:
Assignment submission
– An essay is deemed to have been submitted ‘on time’ when it is uploaded into the ‘Assessment’ folder on the unit’s Cloud Deakin web site by 11.59pm on the due date. When you submit an assignment, an email will be sent to your Deakin address confirming that it has been submitted. You should check that your assignment can be seen in the Submissions view of the assignment ‘Dropbox’ folder after uploading. You should also keep the email receipt for the submission.
– You are expected to keep a backup copy of every assignment you submit until the marked assignment has been returned to you. In the unlikely event that your assignment is misplaced, you will need to submit the backup copy.
– Any work you submit may be checked by electronic or other means for the purposes of detecting collusion and/or plagiarism. Turnitin is provided on CloudDeakin so you can check your work against the similarity report.
Assignment extensions (Direct wording of Faculty policy)
Extensions can only be approved by the Unit Chair (Keith Abbott). Please email your request to (abbottku@deakin.edu.au) before the due date. You will be asked to provide evidence to support your request and a draft of the work completed to date. Where an extension is approved you will be given between 1 day and 2 weeks to submit your work. Work or holidays or other assignments are NOT grounds for an extension – you are expected to manage these issues as part of your studies. You are strongly encouraged to start early and to continually backup your assignment as you progress. Computer crashes or corrupted files will NOT be accepted as valid reasons for an extension of any length.
Penalties for late submission (Direct wording from Faculty policy)
This assignment was submitted N days late without an approved extension from the Unit Chair. The late penalty policy, which is clearly stated in the MMH709 Assignment Brief. The
following marking penalties will apply if you submit an assessment task after the due date without an approved extension: 5% will be deducted from available marks for each day up to five days, and work that is submitted more than five days after the due date will not be marked. The late penalty is therefore calculated as follows:
1 day late. Submitted after 11.59pm, 29 May 2020. Penalty 2/40 (0.01 to 23.59 hours after due time and date, shown in hours on Cloud Deakin Drop Box).
2 days late – . Submitted after 11.59pm, 29 May 2020. Penalty 4/40 (24-47.59 hours after due time and date, shown as 1 day on Cloud Deakin Drop Box)
3 days late. Submitted after 11.59pm, 29 May 2020. Penalty 6/40 (48-71.59 hours after due time and date, shown as 2 days on Cloud Deakin Drop Box).
4 days late. Submitted after 11.59pm, 29 May 2020. Penalty 8/40 (shown as 3 days on Cloud Deakin Drop Box).
5 days late. Submitted after 11.59pm, 29 May 2020. Penalty 10/40 (shown as 4 days on cloud Deakin Drop Box).
Dropbox closed 11.59pm, 3 June 2020 AEST. Therefore, 40/40 marks have been deducted from your final mark for this assignment.
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