‘We are very focussed on the muffins’: product trumps employment matters in franchises

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A 2012 report from The Franchise Council of Australia highlights around 700 000 people to be employed by franchises nationally. Interestingly though, only one third of franchisors employed human resources (HR) or industrial relations (IR) professionals, or provided access to such advice for franchisees; nor did they conduct internal audits into how franchisees executed employment […]

Redistributing economic and social power: what the IR, HR research says

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Members of the Centre for Work, Orgnaisation and Wellbeing (WOW) travelled to Melbourne in early February for three days of collaboration and presentations at the 28th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) conference. Focusing this year on ‘Work, employment and human resources: the redistribution of economic and social power?’, six […]

Distinguished appointment for employment relations Professor

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Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing  (WOW) and Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources (ERHR) staff member, Professor David Peetz, was one of three Griffith University scholars elected as Fellows, by peers of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) in this year’s general ballot. Recognised as having built a distinguished research career in […]

Work and employment relations in an uneven patchwork world: AIRAANZ 2013

Sue Ressia
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Well attended by both Academic and Higher Degree Researchers (HDRs), the 27th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference was held from 6–8 February, this year in Fremantle, Western Australia. Many a WOW industrial relations scholar delivered papers, following the release of findings from two Australian Research Council Linkage grants’ […]

Shift work taking toll on mining workforce

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Uncontrollable shift patterns in the mining and energy sector may have far-reaching implications for the physical and psychological health of industry workers, a newly-released report says. Researchers at Griffith University today released preliminary findings of the Australian Coal and Energy Survey.  They highlight the mixed experiences of workers in the sector. The first wave of […]

Shift, drive, fly: work and wellbeing in regional coal mining communities

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What is shaping up to be the largest longitudinal study of shift work and its impact on social, physical, psychological, and community wellbeing is well under way. The Australian Research Council Linkage project, co-funded by the Mining and Energy division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), has seen data collected from over 2 […]

Where lies the innovation in employment relations?

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Small, fast-growing firms are often considered incubators of innovation—but are they incubators of innovation in employment relations? That’s one of the questions driving a major Australian Research Council Discovery project underway across Australia. The project, headed by three WOW members, Professor David Peetz, Professor Adrian Wilkinson, and Senior Research Fellow Dr Keith Townsend, has used a mixed […]