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Successful unionism in a difficult environment: the Papua New Guinea Maritime Workers Industrial Union in the 1990s
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-25, 23:49 authored by Hess, M
Internationally, maritime transport has gained a reputation for difficult industrial relationships. It has also provided amongst the most successful examples of union organisation. With wharves and ships playing pivotal roles in national and international trade for a wide range of industries, workers in these areas have been able to use industrial power in ways unavailable to most employees. Industrial relations results are seen along a continuum from cultures of bargaining to traditions of confrontation. State intervention has also played a prominent role, with governments drawn to attempt regulation of an industry with such broad economic impacts.
Publication titleThe Journal of Pacific Studies