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Bradon Ellem

Bradon Ellem

BA(Hons) S'ton; MA Warw.; PhD W'gong
Professor and Chair of Discipline

Rm N330
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6435
Fax +61 2 9351 4729
bradon.ellem@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Bradon Ellem is Chair of the Work and Organisational Studies Discipline in the University of Sydney Business School. Bradon teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the fields of employment relations, industrial relations policy and comparative studies.

His research draws upon his interest in history and geographies of work to explore several inter-related areas: the nature of trade union power and purpose; the impact of globalisation on work; government industrial relations policy. His particular areas of research at the moment are: union strategy; comparative studies of mining; employment relations in Australia's iron ore industry. He has supervised over two dozen research theses in these and related fields.

His most recent work has focused on union campaigns and on changes in national bargaining regimes. He has been conducting research in and about the Pilbara for over a decade, and has published on topics ranging from the Robe River dispute of 1986-87 to Rio Tinto's current plans for mine automation. He is now engaged in two major projects: a history of industrial relations in the Pilbara's iron ore industry and an ARC-funded project with colleagues at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University which examines engineering service work, global production networks and employment relations in Australian mining.

Bradon holds a number of leading positions in the field. Since 2006, he has been Co-Editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations. He is also an Associate Editor of the journal Labour History. He is a Visiting Professor at the Curtin Graduate School of Business and is member of the Executive Committee of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales.

Bradon's research has been published locally and in major international journals such as: the British Journal of Industrial Relations; Work, Employment and Society; Labor History; Industrial Relations Journal; Economic and Industrial Democracy; Labor Studies Journal; the Journal of Organizational Change Management.

Newsroom articles

  • Unions unfairly blamed for Gorgon woes 28 May 2014

    Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, Herald Sun, The Courier Mail, Nine News, NT News, Prime7 News

    Professor Bradon Ellem's report into Chevron's Gorgon Project is reported widely on.

  • Tugboat operator strike at Port Hedland threatens iron ore exports 13 May 2014

    ABC AM

    Dr Bradon Ellem is interviewed about a strike by tugboat workers at Port Hedland, one of the world's biggest iron ore ports.

  • BHP strike 16 Feb 2012

    ABC Radio National

    Associate Professor Bradon Ellem from Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School comments on the BHP industrial dispute and how it will impact on the world supply of coking coal.

  • Rio Tinto loses appeal on worker agreements 11 Feb 2012

    ABC News

    Associate Professor Bradon Ellem from Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School comments on how Rio Tinto's case will affect the relationship between the big mining companies and their employees in the Pilbara.

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Publications

2014

2
Book Section/s

Rainnie A, Ellem B and Fitzgerald S 2014 'Global Production Networks and Resources in Western Australia' in Resource Curse or Cure: On the Sustainability of Development in Western Australia, ed. Martin Brueckner, Angela Durey, Robyn Mayes & Christof Pforr, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 93-106 Link

Cooper R, Ellem B and Wright CF 2014 Forthcoming 'Policy and the Labour Movement' in Public Policy in Australia, ed. Crowley K & Head B, Policy Press, Bristol University, Bristol, United Kingdom

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B 2014 'A battle between titans? Rio Tinto and union recognition in Australia’s iron ore industry', Economic and Industrial Democracy, vol.35:1, pp. 185-200 Link

Baird M and Ellem B 2014 'Introduction - The future of employment relations: Fresh assessments', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.56:4, pp. 577

5
Conference Paper/s

Ellem B 2014 'Work and Employment Relations in the Offshore Natural Gas Industry', Institute of Australian Geographers/New Zealand Geographical Society Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2nd July 2014

Cooper R, Ellem B and Wright CF 2014 'Trade Unions and Public Policy', 28th Annual AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 7th February 2014 Link

Ellem B 2014 'Varieties of Mining: Iron Ore in the Pilbara and Northern Sweden', 28th Annual AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 7th February 2014

10
Report/s

Ellem B 2014 'What is Happening on Chevron’s Gorgon Project?', A Report Prepared for the International Transport Workers’ Federation - June

2013

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2013 'The State against Unions: Australia’s Neo-liberalism, 1996-2007' in Global Anti-Unionism: Nature, Dynamics, Trajectories and Outcomes, ed. Gregor Gall and Tony Dundon, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom, pp. 163-83

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B 2013 'Peak Union Campaigning: Fighting for Rights at Work in Australia', British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.51:2, pp. 264-87 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Ellem B 2013 'Automation, Rio Tinto and the Train-drivers', 27th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2013 - "Work, employment and employment relations in an uneven patchwork world", Freemantle, Australia, 8th February 2013

Ellem B 2013 'The Origins of Unionism in the Pilbara Iron Ore Industry', 27th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2013 - "Work, employment and employment relations in an uneven patchwork world", Fremantle, Australia, 8th February 2013

2012

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2012 'Getting to the Table? Fair Work, Unions and Collective Bargaining' in Rediscovering Collective Bargaining: Australia's Fair Work Act in International Perspective, ed. Breen Creighton & Anthony Forsyth, Routledge, Milton Park, United Kingdom, pp. 135-58

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B 2012 'Tethered to the World: Rio Tinto’s Railway and its Workers', Common Cause, vol.78:4, pp. 20-21

Ellem B 2012 'Tethered to the World: Rio Tinto’s Railway and its Workers', Common Cause, vol.78:5, pp. 20-21

Ellem B 2012 'Tethered to the World: Rio Tinto’s Railway and its Workers', Common Cause, vol.78:6, pp. 22-23

Ellem B 2012 '“We’re Still Here”: Pilbara Rail Workers, their Union and Rio Tinto', Common Cause, vol.78:3, pp. 12-13

Ellem B and McGrath-Champ S 2012 'Labor geography and labor history: insights and outcomes from a decade of cross-disciplinary dialogue', Labor History, vol.53:3, pp. 355-72 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Cooper R, Ellem B and Todd P 2012 'Workers Rights and Labour Legislation: Reviving Collective Bargaining?', 16th World Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association ILERA 2012 – “Beyond Borders: Governance of Work in a Global Economy”, Philadelphia, United States, 5th July 2012

Ellem B 2012 'Industrial relations and accidental geography: Does place matter?', 26th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2012, Gold Coast, Australia, 10th February 2012

Cooper R, Ellem B and Todd P 2012 'Reviving collective bargaining in Australia?', 26th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2012, Gold Coast, Australia, 10th February 2012

Ellem B 2012 'Rio Tinto, Pilbara rail workers and their union', 26th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2012, Gold Coast, Australia, 10th February 2012

2011

2
Book Section/s

Ellem B 2011 'Scaling Labour: Australian Unions and Global Mining' in Industrial Relations - SAGE Library in Business and Management (Volume 2: Actors in Industrial Relations), ed. Marian Baird, Rae Cooper, Bradon Ellem & Russell D Lansbury, Sage Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom, pp. 83-100

Cooper R and Ellem B 2011 'The Neoliberal State, Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining in Australia' in Industrial Relations - SAGE Library in Business and Management (Volume 2: Actors in Industrial Relations), ed. Marian Baird, Rae Cooper, Bradon Ellem & Russell D Lansbury, Sage Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom, pp. 263-84

Cooper R and Ellem B 2011 'Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining' in Work and Employment Relations - An Era of Change, ed. Marian Baird, Keith Hancock and Joe Isaac, The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 34-50

3
Edited Book/s

Baird M, Cooper R, Ellem B and Lansbury R 2011 'Industrial Relations - SAGE Library in Business and Management', Sage Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2011 '‘Less than Zero’: Union Recognition and Bargaining Rights in Australia 1996-2007', Labor History (US), vol.52:1, pp. 49-69

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2011 'Getting to the table? Bargaining under Fair Work', Proceedings of the 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2011, Auckland, New Zealand, 4th February 2011

10
Report/s

Lansbury R, Baird M, Cooper R and Ellem B 2011 'Learning from Down Under? From Work Choices to Fair Work', Employment Policy Resource Network EPRN Link

2010

2
Book Section/s

Ellem B 2010 'Contested space: union organising in the old economy' in Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space, ed. S McGrath-Champ, A Herod, and A Rainnie , Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 349-67

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B and Sheldon P 2010 'Jim Hagan and Apprentice Historians', Labour History, vol.98, pp. 231-6

Baird M and Ellem B 2010 'Editorial: ‘The New World of Work, Organisations and Employment’', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.52:5, pp. 539-542

Ellem B 2010 'The Making of Industrial Relations Policy: Where Are We Now And How Did We Get Here?', Labour and Industry, vol.21:1, pp. 353-368

5
Conference Paper/s

Ellem B 2010 'Labour, Geography and Labour Geography: Where Next?', 17th International Sociological Association ISA World Congress of Sociology - "Sociology on the move", Gothenburg, Sweden, 16th July 2010

Ellem B and Cooper R 2010 'Restoring Collective Bargaining? Regulation in Australia, 2008-10', 9th European congress of the International Industrial Relations Association IIRA 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1st July 2010

McGrath-Champ S and Ellem B 2010 'Labour geography and labour history: Insights from a Decade of Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue', Organization of American Historians OAH Annual Meeting 2010 - "American Culture, American Democracy", Washington DC, United States, 10th April 2010

2009

2
Book Section/s

Ellem B 2009 'Drinking with Dessie: Research, mines and life in the Pilbara' in Method in the Madness: Research Stories You Won’t Find in a Textbook, ed. K Townsend and J Burgess, Chandos Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 39-50

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R, Ellem B, Briggs C and van den Broek D 2009 'Anti-unionism, Employer Strategy, and the Australian State,1996–2005', Labor Studies Journal (US), vol.34:3, pp. 339-62

Baird M, Cooper R and Ellem B 2009 'Low-paid women: the impact of regulatory change in Australia', Industrial Relations Journal, vol.40:5, pp. 393-407

Cooper R and Ellem B 2009 'Fair Work and the Re-regulation of Collective Bargaining', Australian Journal of Labour Law, vol.22:3, pp. 284-305

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2009 'Rapporteur's Report – Track 2: Voice and Representation at Work', Proceedings of the 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association IIRA 2009 'The New World of Work, Organisations and Employment', Sydney, Australia, 27th August 2009

Ellem B 2009 'New, Better, Different? Peak Unionism and the Your Rights at Work Campaign in New South Wales, 2004-2007', Proceedings of the 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association IIRA 2009 'The New World of Work, Organisations and Employment', Sydney, Australia, 27th August 2009

Baird M, Cooper R and Ellem B 2009 'Fear, Insecurity and the New Industrial Relations: Talking to Low Paid Women About Work, Life and family in Australia', USA Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) 61st Annual Meeting, San Francisco, United States, 5th January 2009

2008

2
Book Section/s

Baird M, Cooper R, Ellem B and Oliver D 2008 'Work Choices and Beyond: Industrial Relations Policy and Low-Paid Women Workers' in Making the Link- Affirmative Action and Employment Relations, ed. Marian Baird, Edward M Davis, Peter McGraw and Valerie Pratt, CCH Australia Limited, North Ryde NSW, Australia, pp. 5-9

Cooper R and Ellem B 2008 'The assault on collective bargaining' in The State of Industrial Relations, ed. C Sheil, The Evatt Foundation, Sydney, Australia, pp. 41-50

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B 2008 'Contested Communities: Geo-Histories of Unionism', Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol.21:4, pp. 433-50

Cooper R and Ellem B 2008 'The Neoliberal State, Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining in Australia', British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.46:3, pp. 532-54

Pocock B, Elton J, Preston A, Charlesworth S, MacDonald F, Baird M, Cooper R and Ellem B 2008 'The Impact of 'Work Choices' on Women in Low Paid Employment in Australia: A Qualitative Analysis', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.50:3, pp. 477-88

Ellem B and Franks P 2008 'Trade Union Structure and Politics in Australia and New Zealand', Labour History, vol.95:November, pp. 43-68

10
Report/s

Ellem B, Oxenbridge S and Gahan B 2008 'The Fight of our Lives: An Evaluation of Unions NSW and the Your Rights at Work Campaign', Unions NSW

12
Newspaper Article/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2008 'To be Fair, Gillard must respect real work choices', Canberra Times, Canberra ACT, Australia Link

2007

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R, Briggs C, Ellem B and van den Broek D 2007 'The new Australian employer militancy', Perspectives on Work-Labour and Employment Relations Association:Summer 2007, pp. 31-41

5
Conference Paper/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2007 ''Less than Zero': Union Recognition and Bargaining Rights in Australia', Cardiff Business School, Employment Relations Unit, Annual Conference, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 1st - 30th September 2007

Ellem B 2007 'From Robe River to Work Choices', 10th National Labour History Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 6th July 2007

Ellem B 2007 'From Robe to Work Choices: The Productivity Myth', Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 6th February 2007

Cooper R and Ellem B 2007 'Australian Trade Unions: Collectivism, Power, Purpose', Trans Tasman Labour History Conference, 2nd February 2007

10
Report/s

Elton J, Bailey J, Baird M, Charlesworth S, Cooper R, Ellem B, Jefferson T, MacDonald F, Oliver D, Pocock B, Preston A and Whitehouse G 2007 'WorkChoices and Women: Impacts on the Low Pay Sector', Report to the National Foundation of Australian Women Link

Ellem B 2007 'More Work, Less Choice: The Impact of National Labour Re-Regulation on Low-Paid Women Workers in the Australian Capital Territory', Link

2006

1
Book/s

Baird M, Ellem B and Page A 2006 'Human Resource Management, Work Choices Update', Thomson, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2006 'Union power: Space, structure, and strategy' in Rethinking work: Time, space and discourse, ed. M Hearn and G Michelson, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 123-143

Ellem B and Shields J 2006 'The far west' in People and Politics in Regional New South Wales Volume 1 - 1856 to the 1950s, ed. J Hagan, The Federation Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 294-326

Ellem B, Kimber J and Shields J 2006 'The far west' in People and Politics in Regional New South Wales Volume Two - the 1950s to 2006, ed. J Hagan, The Federation Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 282-316

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B 2006 'Scaling labour: Australian unions and global mining', Work, Employment and Society, vol.20:2, pp. 369-387

Ellem B 2006 'Beyond industrial relations: WorkChoices and the reshaping of labour, class and the Commonwealth', Labour History:90, pp. 211-220 Link

Ellem B 2006 'Book Review: The great labour schism: A retrospective by B Coster, P Love and P Strangio', Australian Historical Studies, vol.37:127, pp. 252-253

Cooper R, Briggs C, Ellem B and van den Broek D 2006 'Anti unionism in Australia', International Union Rights

Ellem B 2006 'From Robe to WorkChoices: The Productivity Myth', Common Cause, vol.72:4, pp. 14-15

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Ellem B 2006 'Exploring the geography of union decline and renewal', 21st Century Work: High Road or Low Road: Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Adelaide, SA, Australia, 3rd February 2006 Link

2005

2
Book Section/s

Ellem B 2005 'What about the workers? Labour and the making of regions' in New Regionalism in Australia, ed. A Rainnie and M Grobbelaar, Ashgate Publishing Company, Aldershot, United Kingdom, pp. 217-235

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B 2005 'Putting work in its place: The making of ideal workers and social contracts', Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, vol.43:2, pp. 238-251 Link

Ellem B 2005 'Dialectics of scale: Global capital and local unions in Australia's iron ore industry', Economic and Industrial Democracy, vol.26:3, pp. 335-358 Link

Briggs C, Cooper R and Ellem B 2005 'What about collective bargaining?', The state of the states 2005, pp. 66-74

Ellem B, Baird M, Cooper R and Lansbury R 2005 ''WorkChoices': Myth-making at work', Journal of Australian Political Economy, vol.56, pp. 13-31

5
Conference Paper/s

Baird M, Ellem B and Wright C 2005 'Paper presented at the Beyond the national: Explaining industrial relations policy in the Australian states', British Universities Industrial Relations Association 55th Annual Conference, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, 9th July 2005

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Baird M, Ellem B and Wright C 2005 'Why the states matter in industrial relations', Paper presented at the The State Systems of Industrial Relations: Past, Present and Future, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 26th August 2005 Link

Shields J and Ellem B 2005 'Electoral politics and the Broken Hill labour movement, 1921-50', The Past is Before Us - Ninth National Labour History Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, 2nd July 2005

Baird M, Ellem B and Wright C 2005 'Re-working policy: Industrial relations in the Australian states', 19th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 11th February 2005 Link

Cooper R and Ellem B 2005 'Union power: Space, structure, strategy', 19th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 11th February 2005 Link

2004

1
Book/s

Ellem B 2004 'Hard Ground: Unions in the Pilbara', Pilbara Mineworkers Union, Port Hedland, Australia

2
Book Section/s

Ellem B 2004 'Introduction' in Peak unions in Australia: Origin, power, purpose, agency, ed. B Ellem, R Markey and J Shields, The Federation Press, Australia, pp. 1-8

Fry S, Ellem B and Shields J 2004 'The industrial and political role of the trades and labour council of Queensland since 1922: A reassessment' in Peak unions in Australia: Origin, power, purpose, agency, ed. Ellem B and Shields J, The Federation Press, Australia, pp. 99-115

Ellem B and Shields J 2004 'The barrier industrial council: A study in local peak union origins, purpose, power and decline' in Peak unions in Australia: Origin, power, purpose, agency, ed. B Ellem, R Markey and J Shields, The Federation Press, Australia, pp. 133-151

Ellem B and Shields J 2004 'Beyond the 'will to unity': Theorising peak union organisation and agency' in Peak unions in Australia: Origin, power, purpose, agency, ed. Ellem B and Shields J, The Federation Press, Australia, pp. 32-53

3
Edited Book/s

Ellem B, Markey R and Shields J 2004 'Peak Unions in Australia: Origins, Purpose, Power, Agency', Federation Press, pp. 274

5
Conference Paper/s

Ellem B 2004 'Elliot Jacques and industrial relations', Rapporteur, Conference on 'Organisation and human potential: Elliot Jacques and Australian management practice, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 3rd December 2004

Ellem B 2004 'Making Utopias: Putting workers in their place', Keynote address, Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia Annual Convention, Busselton, WA, Australia, 1st - 31st October 2004

Ellem B 2004 'Things are different here: Explaining spatial differences in industrial relations', Keynote address, Industrial Relations Society of the Northern Territory (IRS NT) Annual Convention, Darwin, NT, Australia, 21st August 2004

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Ellem B 2004 'The dialectics of scale: Union transformation in the Pilbara, 1999-2003', Proceedings of the 18th AIRAANZ Conference: New Economies, New Industrial Relations, Noosa, Australia, 6th February 2004

2003

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B 2003 'Re-placing the Pilbara's mining unions', Australian Geographer, vol.34:3, pp. 281-296

Ellem B 2003 'New unionism in the old economy: Community and collectivism in the Pilbara', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.45:4, pp. 423-441

5
Conference Paper/s

Ellem B 2003 'Recontested terrain? New forms of regulation in the old economy: Collectivism and individualism in Australia's iron ore mines', International Industrial Relations Association: 13th World Congress, Berlin, Germany, 12th September 2003 Link

Ellem B 2003 'Remaking unions: Place and community in Western Australia's iron ore towns', Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers, Annual Conference, London, United Kingdom, 5th September 2003 Link

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Ellem B 2003 'New unionism in the old economy: Community and collectivism in the Pilbara', 17th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 7th February 2003 Link

10
Report/s

Shields J and Ellem B 2003 'The eight presidents of the Barrier Industrial Council, 1923-2003', Barrier Industrial Council (80th anniversary commemoration)

11
Seminar Paper/s

Ellem B and Shields J 2003 'The far west: Lineages of a labor stronghold, Sesquientenary of responsible government, Regional history project workshop, Sydney, NSW, Australia December 2003

Ellem B 2003 'The Pilbara, Regional Industrial Relations Network Workshop, Australia 2003

12
Newspaper Article/s

Ellem B 2003 'New unionism in the old economy', Australian Financial Review

2002

2
Book Section/s

Ellem B 2002 '"We're solid": Union renewal at BHP iron ore, 1999-2002' in Unions 2002: Future strategies for the trade union movement, ed. H Forbes-Mewett and G Griffin, National Key Centre in Industrial Relations, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 185-197

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B 2002 'Power, place and scale: Union recognition in the pilbara, 1999-2002', Labour & Industry, vol.13:2, pp. 67-89

Ellem B and Shields J 2002 'Making the "Gibraltar of unionism": Union organisation and peak union agency in Broken Hill, 1886-1930', Labour History:83, pp. 65-88

Ellem B 2002 '"We're solid:" Union renewal at BHP iron ore, 1999-2002', International Journal of Employment Studies, vol.10:2, pp. 23-46

McGrath-Champ S and Ellem B 2002 'Industrial relations meets human geography: Spatialising the social relations of work', Labour & Industry, vol.13:2, pp. 1-4

Ellem B 2002 'Organising: Project Pilbara', Workers On Line:159

Ellem B 2002 'Discussant's comments on Elizabeth Faue: Retooling the Class Factory : Response 1 Making Sense of Institutions? Class, Space and Labour History', Labour History, vol.82, pp. 120-123 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Ellem B 2002 'New regionalism, new unionism', The 'New regionalism' in Australia: A new model of work, organization and regional governance? Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 1st - 30th November 2002

Ellem B 2002 'Re-placing the Pilbara's mining unions', Institute of Australian Geographers, Canberra, Australia, 1st - 31st July 2002

Ellem B 2002 '"We're solid": Union renewal at BHP iron ore, 1999-2002', Unions 2002: Future strategies for the union movement Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 1st - 31st July 2002

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Ellem B 2002 'The power of place and scale: Union renewal in the Pilbara', AIRAANZ Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand, 1st - 28th February 2002

10
Report/s

Ellem B 2002 'Worker attitudes and union strategy in the Pilbara: Industrial relations at Hamersley Iron', ACTU Organising Centre

11
Seminar Paper/s

Ellem B 2002 'Power, place and scale: Union recognition in the Pilbara, 1999-2002, Seminar, Work and Organisational Studies, Sydney, NSW, Australia September 2002

2001

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B 2001 'Trade unionism in 2000', The Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.43:2, pp. 196-218

Ellem B and Shields J 2001 'Placing peak union purpose and power: The origins, dominance and decline of the barrier industrial council', Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol.12:1, pp. 61-84

Ellem B 2001 'We're solid: Union renewal on the Pilbara', Worksite, vol.Spring, pp. 6-7

5
Conference Paper/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2001 'Enterprise bargaining and industrial democracy', Union Democracy and the Future of the Labour Movement, NSW Labor Council / WOS University of Sydney Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1st June 2001

2000

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B and Shields J 2000 'Making a "union town": Class, gender and workers' control in inter-war Broken Hill', Labour History, vol.78:May, pp. 116-140

Ellem B and Shields J 2000 'H.A. Turner and "Australian Labor's closed preserve": Explaining the rise of "Closed Unionism" in the Broken Hill mining industry', Labour & Industry, vol.11:1, pp. 69-94

Ellem B 2000 'Trade unionism in 1999', The Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.42:1, pp. 59-82

5
Conference Paper/s

Ellem B and Shields J 2000 'Exploring peak union purpose and power: The origins, dominance and decline of the barrier industrial council', 14th Annual Conference of The Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 4th February 2000

1999

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B and Shields J 1999 'Rethinking regional industrial relations: Space, place and the social relations of work', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.41:4, pp. 536-560

Ellem B 1999 'Women's rights and industrial relations under the postwar compact in Australia', International Labor & Working Class History, vol.56, pp. 45-64

Ellem B 1999 'Trade unionism in 1998', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.41:1, pp. 127-151

1998

2
Book Section/s

Ellem B 1998 'Preface and introduction: the split revisited' in The great labour movement split in New South Wales: inside stories, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. vii-xviii

3
Edited Book/s

Ellem B 1998 'The great labour movement split in New South Wales: Inside stories', Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Sydney Branch, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. xvi+ 77

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B 1998 'Guest Editorial: What is labour history?', Locality, vol.9:2, pp. 3-4

Ellem B 1998 'Symposium on labour history', Locality, vol.9:2

Ellem B and Shields J 1998 'Writing a history of working life in Broken Hill', Locality, vol.9:2, pp. 6-12

Ellem B 1998 'The Fremantle labour history walk', Labour History, vol.74:May, pp. 193

1997

4
Journal Article/s

Ellem B 1997 'Ideology and union purpose: The federated clerks union in New South Wales, 1956-58', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol.43:3, pp. 344-360

Research Grants

2013-2016

Engineering service work, global production networks and employment relations in Australian mining

Leading segments of Australian mining have embraced automated mining. This project will focus on the world's two leading engineering companies - Komatsu and Caterpillar - which are providing and maintaining this equipment. This restructuring is grounded in global production network theory and labour skill issues at the centre of this technological transition.

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Research Expertise

  • Geographies of labour
  • Employment relations in the iron ore industry
  • Industrial relations policy
  • Union strategy

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