QUEENSLAND MEAT PROCESSING INDUSTRY

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As HR Manager of an Australian meat processing organisation based in regional Queensland, you are asked to write a report to the Chief Executive Officer on the issues that would arise from the decision of your organisation to recruit a manager from a large agri-business that is based in Chicago.

Word Length: 2500-3000 words

I am asking you to write in academic report format a report fom an Australian based HR Manager to an Australian based Chief Executive Officer discussing the issues and challenges that will confront a new recruit to the organisation from Chicago when they are deployed from the United States to Australia.

This report will therefore provide information from the textbook on the general issues involved in transferring managers from one country to another. These issues may also include differences in the culture and employment laws in both countries.

In the report, you should concentrate your research on the HR and employment relations issues that will confront a manager in the meat processing industry in Queensland.The critical question is what does a manager need to know if they are employed in this industry?

Please note that it is permissible to research this background material from websites that contain information on the meat processing industry in Australia, provided of course that the source of your material is acknowledged and that normal scholarly conventions apply

Differences between the USA and Australia are important in providing the background to the report, but please do not get too carried away with cross-cultural matters.

In the report, you should concentrate your research on the HR and employment relations issues that will confront a manager in the meat processing industry in Queensland.The critical question is what does a manager from the USA need to know if they are employed in this industry in Queensland

Some of the issues you should discuss include:

How different are employment relations in Australia from America?

Would you still describe the industrial relations culture in the meat processing industry in Queensland as adversarial?

What types of labour (permanent or casual; migrant or local) is employed in the meat processing industry in Queensland?

What is the economic state of the meat processing industry in Queensland?

What are the future challenges for the meat processing industry in Queensland?

 

Some references that are relevant to the report follow:

Bahn, S, Barratt-Pugh, L & Yap, G 2012, ‘The employment of skilled migrants on temporary 457 visas in Australia: emerging issues’, Labour and Industry, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 379-398.

Jerrard, MA 2000, “‘Dinosaurs’ are not dead: The AMIEU (Qld) and industrial relations change”, The Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 5-28.

Jerrard, M, Donohue, R, Kimberley, N & Cooney, R 2008, ‘Reinventing meatworkers: old skills but new careers for the twenty-first century?’, Employment Relations Record, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 51-67.

Jockel, M 2013, ‘457 reforms are heavy handed and cost intensive’, HR Monthly, September, p. 12.

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 2010, Working and learning in the Australian red meat processing sector: research overview, NCVER.

Norton, K & Rafferty, M 2010, Work, skills and training in the Australian red meat processing sector, National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Adelaide.

O’Leary, P 1999, ‘The National Meat Association of Australia’, in P Sheldon & L Thornthwaite (eds), Employer associations and industrial relations change: Catalysts or captives?, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards.

O’Leary, P 2003, ‘The Portland dispute, 1988-1989: A watershed in industrial relations in the Australian meat processing industry’, in Reflections and new directions: AIRAANZ conference 2003: 4-7 February 2003: Volume 1: Refereed papers, eds P Holland, J Teicher & S Turberville, (pp.1-13), (CD-ROM), The Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria.

O’Leary, P. 2009, ‘Strategic choice in the Australian meat processing industry: A case study analysis’, in Working lives, working choices: 15th International Employment Relations Association conference: 9-13 July 2007: Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, England: Conference Proceedings: Volume 2, ed. J. Druker, (pp.157-171), Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, England.

O’Leary, P & Sheldon, P 2008, ‘Strategic choices and unintended consequences: Employer militancy in Victoria’s meat industry, 1986-93’, Labour History,no. 95, pp. 223-242.

O’Leary, P & Sheldon, P 2009, ‘Multi-plant capacity, employer strategy and industrial conflict in meat processing: Hormel, USA (1985-86) and Portland, Australia (1988-89)’, in Labour, capital and change: Proceedings of the 23rd conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand: Volume 1. Refereed papers, eds J. Lewer, S. Ryan & J. Macneil, The Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), University of Newcastle.

O’Leary, P & Sheldon, P 2012, Employer power and weakness: how local and global factors have shaped Australias meat industry and its industrial relations, Victorian Universities Regional Research Network Press, Ballarat.

Stewart, G 2002, ‘The decline and fall of the tally system in the meat processing industry’, Australian Bulletin of Labour, vol. 28, no. 3, pp.184-197.

Velayutham, S 2013, ‘Precarious experiences of Indians in Australia on 457 temporary work visas’, The Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 340-361.

Wilshire, C 2013, ‘Temporary migration serves national interest’, Australian Financial Review, 19 March, p. 47.