Industrial relations in the public sector : the firemen

Dufty, N. F. (Norman Francis) Industrial relations in the public sector : the firemen. St. Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, 1979.

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Author Dufty, N. F. (Norman Francis)
Title Industrial relations in the public sector : the firemen
Place of Publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Publication year 1979
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Language eng
Total number of pages 333
Subjects 350203 Industrial Relations
Formatted Abstract/Summary



The selection of the Fire Brigade in Western Australia for this study was based on two major factors. First, it was a reasonably small system with clear boundaries and therefore capable of being investigated by one individual with little or no research assistance and a full-time administrative job. Second, the writer had a close rapport with the two individuals mainly concerned with representing their respective organizations in the industrial relations system. As an added bonus, some months after the study commenced my wife became industrial research officer at the Fire Brigade. It is therefore not surprising that my major debts so far as access to material is concerned are to Mr C. Britton, Administration and Establishments Officer, and Mrs D.I. Dufty, Industrial Research Officer, both of the Western Australian Fire Brigades Board, and to Mr W.S. Latter, secretary of both the firemen's and officers' unions. I was also helped by discussions with the late Mr C. Campbell (then chairman) and Messrs Turnbull and Dubberlin (members) of the Fire Brigades Board and Mr J. Carrigg of the Public Service Board. Acknowledgement must be made of the co-operation of members of both unions in agreeing to the interview study and of the students who carried out the interviewing. Messrs Viehle and Chadwick were helpful in the early stages of the data collection, but my major debt in this respect is to Mr Brian Hayward, whose assistance in the study of the unions' operation was invaluable. Mr Hayward's ability to establish close rapport with the union officers and members and his willingness to contribute generously of his own time to this end cannot be overvalued. Commissioners Collier and Cort were kind enough to check the material in chapter 6 for accuracy, and both Dr S.J. Wood of the London School of Economics and Dr A.N.J. Blain of the University of Western Australia made valuable comments on chapter 1. Mrs R. Holman typed the original and revised manuscript with her usual patience and skill. As is customary, all the above are absolved from any blame; all of this, along with any royalties, accrue to the author.


The main substance of chapers 1, 4 and 5 has appeared in the working paper series of the Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University of South Australia. 

Keyword Fire fighters -- Western Australia
Industrial relations
Fire departments -- Western Australia
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