Vol. 27 No. 1 2001
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ItemThe fusion of picketing, policing and public order theory within the industrial relations context of the 1992 APPM dispute at Burnie(National Institute of Labour Studies, 2001)Policing can play a significant role in the processes, procedures and outcomes of major industrial confrontations. The 1992 APPM dispute provides the opportunity to gauge the usefulness of the ‘flashpoints’ theory during a protracted period of police and picketer cooperation that was followed by one day’s pitched battle. The decision of Justice Wright in the Tasmanian Supreme Court acted as a ‘spark’ to the bitter industrial dispute. Aspects of the ‘flashpoints’ theory can be assessed to explain why order, rather than disorder, was maintained for so long during the APPM dispute. The rapport that developed between local police and unionists was influential in avoiding violence at the picket lines. This case-study illustrates the importance of interactions between the police and the industrial protagonists in alleviating the chances of violence during volatile industrial disputation.
ItemRe-regulation of bargaining in New Zealand: The Employment Relations Act 2000(National Institute of Labour Studies, 2001)N/A
ItemShiftwork and rostering arrangements in the Australian mining industry: An overview of key trends(National Institute of Labour Studies, 2001)The paper presents some of the key results from a comprehensive national survey into current shiftwork and rostering arrangements in the Australian mining industry. The findings confirm the continued trend towards both compressed and extended shifts in commuting and non-commuting mining sites. The survey also confirms a shift towards long average weekly hours, a trend that now appears to be a structural feature of the industry in Australia. We explore the reasons for what has arguably become a “regulatory vacuum” around working hours in Australia, including the occupational health and safety and industrial relations implication of these trends. We conclude by arguing that none of the industrial parties appears particularly well positioned to tackle these problems, and that all parties are compromised by a conflict of interest between the health and safety interests of employees and the financial and profit imperatives that drive the industry and the stakeholders within it.
ItemThe labour market--2000 in perspective(National Institute of Labour Studies, 2001)N/A