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Employee Participation in Health and Safety in the Australian Steel Industry, 1935–2006

  • Raymond Markey
  • Greg Patmore
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    Occupational health and safety (OHS) representatives and committees are the principal form of employee participation mandated by legislation in Anglo-Saxon countries, and therefore have a strong base. However, their existence precedes legislation in some significant cases. This article undertakes a 70‐year historical analysis of the effectiveness and operations of one significant example of pre‐legislative OHS committees in an Australian steelworks. The study finds that effectiveness of the committees as a form of participation depended on a complex complementarity of variables, including relationship with unions, the nature of management commitment, the organizational industrial relations climate and the political and institutional macro environment, consistent with ‘favourable conjunctures’ theory.

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    Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

    Volume (Year): 49 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 144-167

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:49:y:2011:i:1:p:144-167
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