Cooperation or Resistance? Representing Workers' Health and Safety in a Hazardous Industry

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David Walters

University of Wales System - Cardiff University

Michael G. Quinlan

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - School of Organisation and Management

Richard Johnstone

Griffith University - Griffith Law School

Emma Wadsworth

Cardiff University - School of Social Sciences

Date Written: July 2016

Abstract

This study considers the actions of worker health and safety representatives in coalmines in Queensland, where there is little evidence of the facilitating role of management previous studies have associated with the successful operation of worker representation in occupational health and safety. It examines how worker representatives deliver their pluralist representational role in a context characterised by essentially unitary thinking amongst their employers and the effectiveness of the strategies they use.

Suggested Citation

Walters, David and Quinlan, Michael G. and Johnstone, Richard and Wadsworth, Emma, Cooperation or Resistance? Representing Workers' Health and Safety in a Hazardous Industry (July 2016). Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 47, Issue 4, pp. 379-395, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2826210 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irj.12147

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Michael G. Quinlan

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Richard Johnstone

Griffith University - Griffith Law School ( email )

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Emma Wadsworth

Cardiff University - School of Social Sciences

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