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Australian Automobile Industry JIT Production and Labour Relations

Australian Automobile Industry JIT Production and Labour Relations The Australian vehicle industry has alwaysstruggled to remain viable despite relying heavilyon government protection. Now it faces theprospect of competing on its own merits, and hasturned to JIT as one way to reduce manufacturingcosts. However, the resultant exposure of the totalsupply network to the effects of isolated strikeshas become a major concern.This article traces relevant events since JITbecame commonplace. The gravity of the situationhas forced the principal union and the motorcorporations to cooperate more, but there arefewer restraints on the other unions representingsmall groups in a host of supplier firms. Attemptsare in train to address these structural difficultiestoo, but they have been greeted with somescepticism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Management & Data Systems Emerald Publishing

Australian Automobile Industry JIT Production and Labour Relations

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0263-5577
DOI
10.1108/02635579110136326
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Abstract

The Australian vehicle industry has alwaysstruggled to remain viable despite relying heavilyon government protection. Now it faces theprospect of competing on its own merits, and hasturned to JIT as one way to reduce manufacturingcosts. However, the resultant exposure of the totalsupply network to the effects of isolated strikeshas become a major concern.This article traces relevant events since JITbecame commonplace. The gravity of the situationhas forced the principal union and the motorcorporations to cooperate more, but there arefewer restraints on the other unions representingsmall groups in a host of supplier firms. Attemptsare in train to address these structural difficultiestoo, but they have been greeted with somescepticism.

Journal

Industrial Management & Data SystemsEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1991

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