Industrial relations decentralisation and the growth of 12-hour shifts in Australia

Loudoun, Rebecca and Harley, Bill (2001) Industrial relations decentralisation and the growth of 12-hour shifts in Australia. Journal of Industrial relations, 43 4: 402-422. doi:10.1111/1472-9296.t01-1-00026


Author Loudoun, Rebecca
Harley, Bill
Title Industrial relations decentralisation and the growth of 12-hour shifts in Australia
Journal name Journal of Industrial relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-1856
1472-9296
Publication date 2001-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1472-9296.t01-1-00026
Volume 43
Issue 4
Start page 402
End page 422
Total pages 21
Editor R.Callus and R.Landsbury
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
350203 Industrial Relations
720402 Industrial relations
Abstract In the last two decades, increasing numbers of workplaces in Australia have introduced 12-hour shifts. This increase is due, in part, to government policies aimed at promoting labour flexibility. The purpose of this paper is to examine the cover afforded by the Workplace Relations Act 1996 and other industrial relations legislation in terms of shift-workers’ health and safety. Particular reference is made to the broader social, economic and political context surrounding the introduction and use of 12-hour shifts, as it is this context that shapes the constraints and opportunities facing employers and employees in the work arrangements they choose and how they are negotiated. We conclude that the current system of regulating industrial relations in Australia is largely outcome-focused and inadequate. The bargaining process receives little regulation in terms of considering how changes could affect health and safety in the workplace or how changes might affect individual workers. As a result, the increased introduction of unsafe shiftworking arrangements is a worrying, and likely, prospect.
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
 
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