LABOR REFORM IN THE AUSTRALIAN MERCHANT MARINE: AN ANALYSIS OF RECENT PROGRESS

The international trades to and from Australia are largely serviced by foreign flag vessels. In 1988-89, Australian flag shipping carried only approximately 3.3 percent of Australian seaborne exports and 6.2 percent of Australian seaborne imports. Apart from a handful of vessels in the international trades, Australian flag shipping is employed on the protected coastal and trans-Tasman routes. With twenty shipowners in the fleet about 84 percent of tonnage is owned by vertically integrated ore, coal, and oil producers. Since 1982, an unprecedented series of systematic labor reforms has been aimed at reducing costs and promoting the modernization of the domestic industry. This article analyzes the development of reform over the past decade. The factors influencing the direction of reform are examined, and the activities of the various institutions involved in the reform process are assessed.

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  • Accession Number: 00667810
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 3 1994 12:00AM