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About Anthony Forsyth

I’m a Professor in the Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. I teach and research on all aspects of work and the law, specialising in collective bargaining, the regulation of trade unions, labour hire and worker exploitation.

Right now, I’m writing a book: Collectivising the Gig Economy: The Future of Unions and Worker Representation. It explores how unions and emerging  forms of collective worker representation are responding to the major challenges presented by neoliberalism and its attendant waves of economic restructuring and ‘fissuring’ of work (through labour hire, franchising, supply chains and platforms). The study examines relevant law and developments in Australia, the UK, USA and Italy.

I am Vice-President of the Australian Labour Law Association @AusLabourLaw – and Vice-President (Independent Representative) of the Australian Institute of Employment Rights @AIERights

Contact me at: anthony.forsyth@rmit.edu.au and follow me on Twitter @AnthonyForsyt10 

Position: Professor
College / Portfolio: Business
School / Department: Graduate School of Business and Law
Campus: Melbourne City Campus
Contact me about: Research contracts, PhD supervision and Media requests

Research Interests

  • Employment law
  • Workplace relations law
  • Trade unions/future of unions
  • Industrial disputes
  • Collective bargaining, union recognition and good faith bargaining
  • Workplace dispute resolution and dispute prevention
  • Comparative labour law
  • Labour hire
  • Workplace privacy/social media

Professor Forsyth is available to undertake commissioned research in these research areas
(see ‘Commissioned Research’ section below).

Commissioned Research

  • Anthony Forsyth and Industrial Relations Victoria, Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work: Final Report, Victorian Government, Melbourne, 31 August 2016, 418 pages
  • Anthony Forsyth and Industrial Relations Victoria, Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work: Confidential Interim Report, Victorian Government, Melbourne, April 2016
  • Anthony Forsyth and Industrial Relations Victoria, Background Paper for the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work, Victorian Government, Melbourne, 16 October 2015
  • Anthony Forsyth, Review of the Fair Work Commission Panel System: Caseload Allocation in Collective Matters, Interim Report, August 2015; and Final Report, February 2016
  •  Anthony Forsyth, Australian Report for the International Labour Organization on Performance of Prevention and Resolution Mechanisms and Processes for Individual Labour Disputes, February 2015
  • Anthony Forsyth, ILO Fact Sheet – Good Faith Bargaining, External Collaboration Contract for the International Labour Office, Geneva, 2014
  • Anthony Forsyth, Peter Gahan, John Howe and Ingrid Landau, Fair Work Australia’s Influence in the Enterprise Bargaining Process, Fair Work Australia Research Partnership Project, Final Report, 30 September 2012, i-xi, 168 pages (published by the Fair Work Commission on 22 February 2013, available at: http://www.fwc.gov.au/index.cfm?pagename=admingmreporting&page=research#research2015)
  • Anthony Forsyth, Peter Gahan, John Howe and Ingrid Landau, Fair Work Australia’s Influence in the Enterprise Bargaining Process: Summary of Preliminary Data Analysis, Fair Work Australia Research Partnership Project, Interim Report, 31 July 2012, 37 pages
  • Alex Bukarica and Andrew Dallas, with Anthony Forsyth (consulting editor), Promoting Good Faith Bargaining under Australia’s Fair Work Act: Lessons from the Collective Bargaining Experience in Canada and New Zealand, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (Mining and Energy Division), Sydney, 2010
  • Anthony Forsyth, Promoting Cooperative Workplace Relations in the New ‘Fair Work’ System, Policy Discussion Paper for the Business Council of Australia, June 2009; released as BCA, Embedding Workplace Collaboration: Preventing Disputes, 9 August 2009
  • Anthony Forsyth and John Howe, Current Initiatives to Encourage Fair and Cooperative Workplace Practices: An International Survey, Report for the Victorian Office of the Workplace Rights Advocate/Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, June 2008
  • Anthony Forsyth, Protection Against Economic Dismissals: How Does Australian Law Compare with ILO Standards and Five Other OECD Countries?, Supplementary Report for the Victorian Office of the Workplace Rights Advocate/Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, November 2007
  • Anthony Forsyth, Freedom to Fire: Economic Dismissals under Work Choices, Report for the Victorian Office of the Workplace Rights Advocate/Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, August 2007
  • Anthony Forsyth, Peter Gahan, Marco Michelotti, Andreas Pekarek and Renee Saibi, Collective Bargaining and Union Recognition Rights: Policy Issues for Australia, Research Report for the Australian Institute of Employment Rights, April 2006
  • Anthony Forsyth, The Decline of Social Dialogue in the Australian Public Service, Monograph for the Government and Labour Law and Administration Department (GLLAD), International Labour Office, Geneva, January 2001
  • Labour Law
  • Introduction to Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
  • Legal Research Project
  • Bachelor of Jurisprudence/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Monash University
  • Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne
  • PhD, University of Melbourne

View more outputs from this academic in the RMIT Research Repository

Note: Supervision projects since 2004

1 PhD Completions2 PhD Current Supervisions

Employment law, Workplace relations law, Workplace regulations & policy, Collective bargaining, Workplace dispute resolution, Comparative labour law.

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