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The Pilbara: From the Deserts Profits Come by Bradon Ellem

The Pilbara: From the Deserts Profits Come by Bradon Ellem The Pilbara: From the Deserts Prots Come Bradon Ellem Crawley: UWA Publishing, pp., $. (paper) In this timely book, industrial relations historian Bradon Ellem outlines the process of de-unionization and the accompanying decline in working conditions in the iron-ore mining industry of Western Australia. Covering the period from the s up to the present, The Pilbara charts the negotiations between the mining unions and the three big mining companies: BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Fortescue Metals Group (FMG). Ellem demonstrates that the fragmented mining unions had little hope of preventing the process of de-unionization, a turn of events made more poignant by the industry’s past fame for its militant and powerful union movement. The book opens with a map of the region. Ellem reminds the reader of Austra- lia’s proximity to Asia and the importance of rst Japanese and then Chinese markets for Australian iron ore. Apart from brief mentions, there is no sustained global compari- son in the book, even though the themes of mining and declining unionism might make such comparisons useful. Instead, The Pilbara places more emphasis on the local, in par- ticular on the unique geography of the region. Located on the Indian Ocean, this http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Labor Duke University Press

The Pilbara: From the Deserts Profits Come by Bradon Ellem

Labor , Volume 16 (1) – Mar 1, 2019

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Copyright © 2019 Labor and Working-Class History Association
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1547-6715
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1558-1454
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10.1215/15476715-7269398
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The Pilbara: From the Deserts Prots Come Bradon Ellem Crawley: UWA Publishing, pp., $. (paper) In this timely book, industrial relations historian Bradon Ellem outlines the process of de-unionization and the accompanying decline in working conditions in the iron-ore mining industry of Western Australia. Covering the period from the s up to the present, The Pilbara charts the negotiations between the mining unions and the three big mining companies: BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Fortescue Metals Group (FMG). Ellem demonstrates that the fragmented mining unions had little hope of preventing the process of de-unionization, a turn of events made more poignant by the industry’s past fame for its militant and powerful union movement. The book opens with a map of the region. Ellem reminds the reader of Austra- lia’s proximity to Asia and the importance of rst Japanese and then Chinese markets for Australian iron ore. Apart from brief mentions, there is no sustained global compari- son in the book, even though the themes of mining and declining unionism might make such comparisons useful. Instead, The Pilbara places more emphasis on the local, in par- ticular on the unique geography of the region. Located on the Indian Ocean, this

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