A different form of employment relations in CQ's coalmines: Legal implications for contractual arrangement

Zheng, C and Richardson, K 2006, 'A different form of employment relations in CQ's coalmines: Legal implications for contractual arrangement', in J. Kennedy, and L. Di Milia (ed.) Pragmatism, Philosophy and Priority: 20th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM), Yeppoon, Australia, 6-9 December 2006, pp. 1-14.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title A different form of employment relations in CQ's coalmines: Legal implications for contractual arrangement
Author(s) Zheng, C
Richardson, K
Year 2006
Conference name 20th ANZAM
Conference location Yeppoon, Australia
Conference dates 6-9 December 2006
Proceedings title Pragmatism, Philosophy and Priority: 20th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM)
Editor(s) J. Kennedy, and L. Di Milia
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Place of publication Lindfield, Australia
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Abstract This paper notes the extent of contractors working in the Central Queensland's (CQ) coalmines and proposes a different form of managing employment relations in the coal industry, based on Dunlop's industrial relations (IR) model. The paper argues that due to the complexity of defining 'employee' and distinguishing between 'independent contractors' and 'dependent contractors' within the Australian federal and state IR legislation, the employers and managers in the industry may not have sufficient awareness of their firms' legal occupational health and safety (OHS) obligations which nevertheless arise under independent contractual arrangements at the workplace. The paper concludes that further investigation is required to verify whether, and how, firms in the coal industry have effectively managed, or are managing, the issue of OHS under the new employment relations framework.
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