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AIRAANZ Sponsored Workshop - Work and Industrial Relations on the Edge: Is WA Different?

You are warmly invited to participate in this event. There are no registration fees. We encourage all AIRAANZ members to consider attending, especially those based in Western Australia. In addition, those interested in work and employment issues from relevant disciplines (e.g. law, sociology, geography, economics) are welcome. Please inform your colleagues and postgraduate students of this event. You do not have to be a member of AIRAANZ in order to attend.

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    When May 27, 2013 01:00 PM to
    May 28, 2013 03:30 PM
    Where Perth, Australia
    Contact Name John Burgess, Curtin University, john.burgess@curtin.edu.au; Martin Brueckner, Murdoch University, m.brueckner@murdoch.edu.au; Grant Michelson, Edith Cowan University, g.michelson@ecu.edu.au; Al Rainnie, Curtin University, al.rainnie@gsb.curtin.edu.au.
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    Aim: To address the employment and workplace issues associated with the resources boom in WA. In particular we will look at new (and more traditional) issues linked to the segmentation of the economy and the workforce; restructuring the state; the gender wage gap; uneven development; employment and social factors facing remote and indigenous communities; the use of immigrant labour and innovative labour practices (e.g. FIFO and 457 visas); skill development; distributional issues; and industrial relations challenges around OH&S, bargaining, union recognition and organising in remote locations.

    Purpose:
    To bring together academics, practitioners and policy advisers to workshop the issues faced in WA – notably whether the issues and potential solutions “are different” from the rest of Australia. We are soliciting participation, organising keynote presentations and plan to have a journal special issue and/or a book linked to the presentations/papers.

    Location and Dates: Graduate School of Business, Curtin University, Murray St, Perth, May 27-28 2013; Commence: lunchtime on 27 May; Finish: mid-afternoon 28 May. A cocktail event for the workshop will be held on May 27 at 6pm.

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