6040 assessment 1 （new)
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GSBS6040 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Assessment 1- PBL Exercise (1 or 2)
Australia’s mining industry is entering a difficult period, it needs to find new ways to increase efficiency and productivity level to face the huge competitiveness of export market. Usually specific labor relations is conducive to the further development of productivity. However, the study found that the Queensland coal industry use more employer – friendly industrial relations system lead more productivity decline. Productivity rose in 1996-2000 and 2011-2013, but the employment decline. In contrast, when employment growth (2001-2011), productivity decline. Rising employment rate is always associated with coal prices, and falling employment is always associated with falling prices (Bowen & Barry, 2015).......
The main issue in this case is from industrial relations. The union demands to give more welfare to employees, such as, overtime ban and overt measures of conflict (absenteeism) etc. However, the company needs the way to improve efficiency and productivity, this is due to the rising costs and low market prices, the company’s profit space is extruded. Over the past couple of years, Australia has less competitive advantage, the key reason is from the labor costs. Especially from the employees who employed by high-risk industry, they have to live in an environment of FIFO, and leaving their family and friends, so they think they should get higher wages and good working conditions (Edwards, 2013).
In this case the coal company has been operating for about 10 years, and it is different from other mines which located in remote areas. It close to a bustling regional centers with a good social infrastructure that makes the lower labor turnover rate. This cause another issue which is the structure of union getting stronger and stronger. The union is solidarity and stability, and have no formal consultation mechanism. Therefore, the conflict is higher than other mines. In addition, the good surrounding environment and falling productivity is also a problem, it cause increase the cost of the coal company.
Traditionally, employers are more willing to take unitarist, they think there should be no conflict of interest between employees and employees. Also they think organization as a whole, should be cooperation for mutual benefit, therefore the union is considered to be unnecessary and even regarded as trouble. Employers usually require their employees to follow their rules and requirements, and…...
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