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Representing miners in arrangements for health and safety in coalmines: a study of current practice

Walters, David ORCID:, Quinlan, Michael, Johnstone, Richard and Wadsworth, Emma ORCID: 2019. Representing miners in arrangements for health and safety in coalmines: a study of current practice. Economic and Industrial Democracy 40 (4) , pp. 976-996. 10.1177/0143831X16679891

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This article explores the operation of regulatory provisions for worker occupational health and safety (OHS) representation in coalmining in Australia. Using data on inspections, combined with qualitative interviews, it looks at what occurs in a generally hostile labour relations climate and what supports or constrains representation in this scenario. It finds evidence of the engagement of worker representatives with serious risks in coalmining. By using the various means with which they are provided by regulatory measures, they make a significant contribution to the operation of the regulatory strategy of enforced self-regulation of OHS management. They are successful in doing so despite the unsupportive climate of labour relations in which they are frequently situated. However, the study poses questions concerning the fit of this approach with increasingly dominant versions of OHS management pursued by large and globally active corporations and discusses some implications of this for policy and further study.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre (CWERC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coalmining, employee representation, health and safety, trade unions
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0143-831X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 October 2016
Date of Acceptance: 7 October 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 02:46

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