"Some Employment Relations Consequences of the Merger and Acquisition Movement in the Australian Black Coal Mining Industry 1997-2003"
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"This article reports on research into the industrial relations and human resource management consequences of merger and acquisition activity in the Australian black coal mining industry between 1997 and 2003. Over 50 per cent of mining enterprises have been subject to at least one change in ownership during the period 1997-2003 setting in train change of a scale that the industry has not previously witnessed. From an employment relations perspective, this change has had significant consequences for union structure and strategy, bargaining structures and human resource management at the coal face. The article contends that the merger and acquisition movement has crafted a completely new set of employment relations dynamics for the coal industry."