Project #29712 - Management Dynamics

200571 Management Dynamics
Written assignment #2: Employment Relations

(Graded; worth 10% of total marks)

Purpose

 This assessment is the second of two that provides students with an exercise to assist in their understanding of the employment relationship.  In particular, how it can be characterised by mutual dependence and conflicting interests, as well as how such conflicting interests can be managed and regulated by stakeholders.

 

This written assignment provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your level of information literacy and your ability to present a cogent and coherent piece of writing that includes appropriate critical analysis relevant to the assignment question shown below.  In your critical analysis you should consider the views of others and then argue their contribution in terms of the employment relations issue outlined below.  Completing this assignment will assist you to achieve learning outcomes 8 and 9 of the unit.

 

Assessment

 

In this assessment task you are required to read the materials for Week 5and those below that relate to the Aurizon dispute (see below) and answer the following question.

Describe how the Unitarist and Pluralist approaches to conflict would explain the positions of (a) management and (b) unions in the Aurizon dispute.  Identify which one of the approaches provides the better explanation. Explain how you reached this conclusion.
    

The format of this assessment item should follow a discussion essay format with a brief introduction, a body and a brief conclusion.  For example, in your opening paragraph you should state the position that you will take in terms of responding to the question outlined above.  For further help on how to write an essay, see the ‘College of Business Essay/Report Writing Guide’ which is available in the ‘Assessments’ folder on the Management Dynamics vUWS site.

 

You also need to support any claims that you make by referring to the sources you use. It would be expected that reporting of the Aurizon dispute would be found in the media. It would be anticipated that material on unitarism and pluralism would be sourced from peer-reviewed or scholarly sources.  The question is asking you to think of whether the particular frames of reference (unitarism and pluralism) explain the actions of management and unions.

 

Brigden, C 2012 ‘Unions and collective bargaining’ in 2011’ Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 361-376.

We would suggest that you read the short section on ‘Developments in Industrial Relations’ pp. 367-368 as this section provides some insights on the approach adopted by Aurizon. The author links lock out approaches taken by employers to that taken by Qantas. There is a short summary of the Qantas matter earlier in the article.

 

Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2014 ‘Coal train drivers will be locked out for 48 hrs’, ABC News, 26 February 2014

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-26/coal-train-drivers-will-be-locked-out-for-48-hrs/5284344

Accessed 12 March 2014.

 

Hannan, E and O’Brien, A 2014 ‘Rail operator Aurizon locks out striking drivers’, The Australian, 26 February 2014

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/rail-operator-aurizon-locks-out-striking-drivers/story-e6frg6n6-1226837664910 Accessed 12 March 2014.

 

Kirkwood, I 2014 ‘Commission to investigate Aurizon drivers’ dispute’, Newcastle Herald, 2 March 2014 http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2122937/commission-to-investigate-aurizon-drivers-dispute/

Accessed 12 March 2014.

 

Kohler, A (2012) ‘Industrial disputes: the bucks and the business ‘, ABC: The Drum Posted 21 March 2012, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-21/kohler-industrial-disputes-the-bucks-and-the-business/3903104 Accessed 23 August 2013.

Validakis, V 2014 ‘Aurizon to lock out train drivers after strike action’, Mining Australia, 25 February 2014

http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/aurizon-to-lock-out-train-drivers-after-strike-act

 

Accessed 12 March 2014.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 05/03/2014 10:00 pm
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