‘“You get really old, really quick": Involuntary long hours in the mining industry

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Title ‘“You get really old, really quick": Involuntary long hours in the mining industry
Author Peetz, David Robert; Murray, Georgina
Journal Name Journal of Industrial Relations
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Sage publications
Abstract Is there a job quality problem in mining? Is part of this problem that mining employees are working involuntary long hours? If so, how extensive is this problem? What is the impact, if any, of involuntary long hours in mining on family life? And how much control do mining employees have over their working time arrangements? What are the possible policy responses? We address these questions through analysis of data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Australian Work and Life Index survey, a survey of employees in Queensland and qualitative interviews with 135 people associated with the Queensland mining industry. We find evidence of substantial involuntary long hours in mining, closely related to 24-hour operations and twelve hour shifts, with adverse implications for the work-life balance and worsened where employees lack input into the design of rosters. The findings suggest that, in order to promote ‘good jobs’ in the mining industry, there is both a need to revisit protections for employees against being forced to work ‘unreasonable’ hours above the ostensible national standard of 38 hours per week and strong support even amongst mineworkers for a ceiling on hours worked per week.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185610390294
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Industrial Relations Society of Australia. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 53
Issue Number 1
Page from 13
Page to 30
ISSN 00221856
Date Accessioned 2011-06-24
Date Available 2012-04-30T22:36:37Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40174
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1e

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