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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-167
Number of pages24
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

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