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The paper "Understanding Australian Industrial Relations" is a wonderful example of a report on management. The future of work is highly dependent on employee relations and industrial actions practiced in any particular organization. To better understand the prevalent conflicts existing between employers and employees, the Marxist theory has been used in this analysis. Additionally, it has helped in establishing that conflicts in a capitalist economy arise from inequalities in access and control over capital and labor force issues. The study has further, found out that sourcing methods applied in companies may also lead to the eruption of conflicts at the workplace due to the impacts they have on employees.

Lastly, the study provides recommendations to various stakeholders in employee relations suggesting the vital roles they should play in the maintenance of healthy employment relations in any country for a better future of work environment. Definition of key conceptsEmployee relations: Refers to the efforts of an organization to manage employers’ and employees’ relationships, to ensure a treatment that is not only fair but also consistent. Industrial action: It is an action that may be taken either by employees or employers to resolve a workplace dispute regarding the conditions of work. Outsourcing: It is the practice where services are obtained, or tasks performed for a Company A by another Company B, with the intention saving on costs. Insourcing: This is the practice of utilizing a company’ s employees as well as other resources for the accomplishment of a task. Remote sourcing: It is the practice of bringing in a third party to work with other employees within the company. Home sourcing: It is the act of companies outsourcing at the homes of individuals instead of employing personnel who are regular. Labor union: It is an organized workers’ association, regularly based on trade or profession, usually created for the protection and furtherance of the members’ rights and interests. Marxism theory: Originating from the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engel, the theory gives an analysis of societal conflicts in relation to class differences, with a materialistic elucidation of historic growth and a social change dialectical view. IntroductionProductivity in an organization can directly be linked to the nature of employee relations.

An organization characterized by an extraordinary level of immersion, assurance, and assignation of employees experiences a climate of workers’ relations that is positive.

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