Branded with the same mobility brush: The construction workforce in the Australian resources industries

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Abstract

The construction workforce and its relationship with the resources industries is an under-researched sector of the mobile labour market. While it is broadly assumed that the construction workforce is an integral part of the resources industry, those with a familiarity with resource boomtowns perceive the construction workforce to be different or ‘other’, mostly viewing the workers to be socially, economically and culturally inferior with different values, practices and rewards. The ‘new mobilities paradigm’ and Employment-Related Geographical Mobility provide useful frameworks to examine the nuances of mobile workers, placing mobility at the centre of an interrogation of paid work and socio-economic differentiation in Western Australian resources boomtown settings. The lived experience of construction workers and their families are interrogated providing an insight to the complex and unequal ‘relatedness’ of the sector to the resources industries, another sector employing a mobile workforce.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-357
Number of pages16
JournalLabour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

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