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Industrial relations and international conventions


Zhang, W, Industrial relations and international conventions, Managing human resources in the shipping industry, Routledge, J Fei (ed), USA, pp. 72-91. ISBN 9781138825390 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Industrial relations are defined as the management of work-related obligations and entitlements between employers and their employees. Primary responsibilities are to monitor wages, employment rights, obligations and employment conditions. The issues of industrial relations, such as freedom of association, union protection and collective bargaining, are crucial when discussing the working and living conditions of human resources in the broad maritime domain. Meanwhile, international conventions and codes provide the international conventional standards when ratified by countries. In this case, the international conventions and codes which countries ratify may influence the way countries behave, both domestically and internationally. However, due to the fierce competition, particularly under the influence of globalisation, among shipping companies and maritime states, cost-cutting has become a crucial strategy for a firm’s development. In this situation, cost reduction has impacted human resources especially maritime workers, such as seafarers and stevedores. The tensions urge interaction between employees’ professional bodies and associations and employers to address their own interests.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:industrial relations, international conventions
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Zhang, W (Dr Vera Zhang)
ID Code:124871
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2018-03-15
Last Modified:2018-12-14

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