Enforcing labour standards in the supermarket food supply chain

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How can labour standards be enforced in supermarket food supply chains? The article first asks where power lies in these chains, either to degrade or elevate labour standards. Liberal labour law supports business models in which such power is exercised without responsibility. The article evaluates regulatory responses seeking to harness the power of the major supermarkets to prevent exploitation along the chains. A possible point of attachment for such responsibility is liability as an accessory under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). More thorough going reforms to the law are also mooted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-122
Number of pages20
JournalAustralian Journal of Labour Law
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • lead firms
  • regulatory responses
  • labour standards

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