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Migration intermediaries and codes of conduct: temporary migrant workers in Australian horticulture

Underhill, Elsa, Groutsis, Dimitria, van den Broek, Diane and Rimmer, Malcolm 2016, Migration intermediaries and codes of conduct: temporary migrant workers in Australian horticulture, Journal of business ethics, In Press, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.1007/s10551-016-3351z.

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Title Migration intermediaries and codes of conduct: temporary migrant workers in Australian horticulture
Author(s) Underhill, ElsaORCID iD for Underhill, Elsa orcid.org/0000-0002-3931-2867
Groutsis, Dimitria
van den Broek, Diane
Rimmer, Malcolm
Journal name Journal of business ethics
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1573-0697
Keyword(s) Codes of conduct
Employment conditions
Horticulture
Migration intermediaries
Occupational health and safety
Temporary migrant workers
Summary Over recent decades, developments in network governance have seen governments around the world cede considerable authority and responsibility to commercial migration intermediaries for recruiting and managing temporary migrant labour. Correspondingly, a by-product of network governance has been the emergence of soft employment regulation in which voluntary codes of conduct supplement hard (enforceable) legal employment standards. This paper explores these developments in the context of temporary migrant workers employed in Australian horticulture. First the paper analyses the growing use of temporary migrant labour in this industry. It then describes how different types of intermediaries interact with this workforce. The paper then outlines both hard and soft employment regulations, and contrasts them with actual employment conditions, questioning how a network governance approach has affected this vulnerable workforce. The paper concludes that changes in network governance of migration and employment relations have emasculated formal legal regulation, leaving market forces to operate without effective or ethical constraints at the expense of the public good.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10551-016-3351z
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
220102 Business Ethics
150599 Marketing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30088182

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