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A good job in the railway' : Rockhampton Railway Workshops 1938 to the 1980s

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conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Barbara Webster
Many former employees of Queensland Rail look back fondly to pre-reform days and to what they believe was then ‘a good job in the railway’. Largely through oral history from former employees from the late 1930s, this paper examines the nature of working life in the Rockhampton Railway Workshops to the 1980s. The research reveals that, in that era, perceptions of a job there as being ‘good’ derived from the terms and conditions of employment but also extended into the socio-cultural realm, where mateship, pride in trade and perceived valued service to the State contributed to both work satisfaction and notions of identity.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Parent Title

Proceedings of the 19th conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand.

Start Page

545

End Page

554

Number of Pages

10

Start Date

01/01/2005

ISBN-10

1864876999

Location

Sydney, N.S.W.

Publisher

AIRAANZ

Place of Publication

Sydney, N.S.W.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

School of Humanities; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. Conference

Exports

CQUniversity

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