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Occupational health and safety, worker participation and the mining industry in a changing world of work

Gunningham, Neil 2008. Occupational health and safety, worker participation and the mining industry in a changing world of work. Economic and Industrial Democracy 29 (3) , pp. 336-361. 10.1177/0143831X08092460

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Abstract

Worker participation in occupational health and safety (OHS) generally achieves better outcomes than unilateral management initiatives. But in a `cold' industrial relations climate, meaningful participation is increasingly difficult. This article focuses on the Australian mining industry. It explores how the strength and reach of the unions have been undermined and why OHS law has only limited capacity to mitigate the resulting imbalance of power. It then draws on interview data to provide a profile of the consequences of worker vulnerability. Finally, it examines to what extent other mechanisms can redress the balance or whether, in a changing world of work, increasingly precarious employment and emasculated unions, the prospects for effective worker participation in OHS are bleak.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: industrial relations; mining; occupational health and safety; regulation; trade unions
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0143-831X
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 09:40
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/52742

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