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Industrial conflict in paradise: Making the Bougainville copper project construction agreement 1970

Hess, Michael; Maidment, Ewan

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In 1969, construction began on Conzinc Riotinto Australia's huge copper and gold mine at Panguna on the island of Bougainville in what was then the Australian-administered Territory of Papua New Guinea. The mining project was unlike any Australians had previously undertaken, and its construction created complexities which Australian managers and industrial relations systems had not previously encountered. The complexity of employment relations on this project was increased by the political...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHess, Michael
dc.contributor.authorMaidment, Ewan
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:29:07Z
dc.identifier.issn1035-3046
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/74535
dc.description.abstractIn 1969, construction began on Conzinc Riotinto Australia's huge copper and gold mine at Panguna on the island of Bougainville in what was then the Australian-administered Territory of Papua New Guinea. The mining project was unlike any Australians had previously undertaken, and its construction created complexities which Australian managers and industrial relations systems had not previously encountered. The complexity of employment relations on this project was increased by the political environment of colonial rule and the responses of Australian workers and unions. This article looks at the development of the first industrial agreement during the mine's construction phase and places it in the context of the creation of a sustainable bargaining structure, which succeeded in mitigating industrial conflict for two decades before the outbreak of a wider armed conflict.
dc.publisherUniversity of New South Wales
dc.sourceEconomic and Labour Relations Review
dc.titleIndustrial conflict in paradise: Making the Bougainville copper project construction agreement 1970
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume25
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor140211 - Labour Economics
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB4174
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHess, Michael, University of New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationMaidment, Ewan, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage271
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage289
local.identifier.doi10.1177/1035304614533625
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T08:46:29Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84903519946
local.identifier.thomsonID000337618700006
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