How the west was lost? Hamersley Iron, the birthplace of a decade of De-Unionisation

Hearn Mackinnon, Bruce 2003, How the west was lost? Hamersley Iron, the birthplace of a decade of De-Unionisation, in AIRAANZ Conference Proceedings 2003 : reflections and new directions, Melbourne, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic, pp. 1-9.

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Title How the west was lost? Hamersley Iron, the birthplace of a decade of De-Unionisation
Author(s) Hearn Mackinnon, Bruce
Conference name Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia (2003 : Melbourne)
Conference location Monash University, Melbourne
Conference dates 4-7 February 2003
Title of proceedings AIRAANZ Conference Proceedings 2003 : reflections and new directions, Melbourne
Editor(s) Teicher, Julian
Publication date 2003
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher Monash University
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Summary Given the focus of recent years on Rio Tinto's battles with the Australian union movement over its (largely successful) attempt to de-unionise its diverse mining and manufacturing operations, this paper examines how the company first introduced its 'staff employment system at Hamersley Iron in 1993. The success of this venture clearly provided a template for its replication throughout its many other operations over the following years. Though no doubt assisted by changed legal and political environments, this paper argues that it was ultimately the demonstration of managerial determination and a hesitant union leadership which led to the de-unionisation at Hamersley Iron. As the union movement/makes a renewed attempt to attract workers back to the fold, there are valuable lessons to be learnt from its earlier mistakes.
ISBN 0732622425
9780732622428
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005166

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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