Achieving a responsive industrial relations environment for construction industry workers – a project alliancing case study

Walker, Derek H.T., Peters, Renaye, Hampson, Keith D., & Thompson, M. J. (2001) Achieving a responsive industrial relations environment for construction industry workers – a project alliancing case study. Construction Innovation (Formerly The International Journal of Construction Information Technology), 1, pp. 211-225.

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This paper outlines how the project agreement operating on the Australian National Museum project in Canberra, Australia facilitated a responsible and responsive workplace environment for construction workers. A project alliancing approach was adopted and designed to encourage industrial relations innovation in the workplace. The trigger for this approach was the perceived success of the alliancing working arrangements between key project delivery teams and a desire to extend this arrangement to subcontractors, suppliers and the workforce. Changes in the Australian workplace relations environment and introduction of a national code of practice for the Australian construction industry provided impetus for reaching a new type of workplace agreement. The workplace culture and characteristics of relationships formed between workers and management on that site shaped the agreed terms and conditions of work. It also spurred the pursuit of innovative approaches to project delivery from a technology, management and workplace culture perspective.

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ID Code: 41069
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: industrial relations, procurement, project agreements, risk sharing, project alliancing
DOI: 10.1108/14714170110814613
ISSN: 1471-4175
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Research Centres > Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Arnold Publishers
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2011 23:37
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 03:29

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