Employment Relations Group

Purpose

Exploring how New Zealand can achieve a high-skill, high-wage economy

There has been a fundamental shift in employment relations in many OECD countries. Institutional employment relations have been reshaped through a decline in collective bargaining and union membership, a rise in employer prerogative favouring individualised and flexible forms of employment relations. We address the dearth of research on individual employers and their associations, their attitudes and behaviours and how these impact on employment relations issues and trends.

The Employment Relations Group (ERG) is a collaborative team of academics from Massey and other New Zealand universities. We are interested in the complex nature and context of employment relations at the workplace, organisation, industry, national and international level; particularly in the role played by employers in employment relations.

Our work includes research in the following areas:

• Collective bargaining
• Employer driven flexibility
• The effects of legislative change
• Productivity
• The nexus of employment relations and occupational health and safety

Mr John Murrie staff profile picture

Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84211

John Murrie

Senior Tutor

School of Aviation

An academic for over a decade my first 3 years at Massey were spent teaching Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management at under-graduate and post-graduate level while completing my Masters in Employment Relations.  Upon graduation, with 1st Class Honors, I moved to the School of Aviation where I have taught a large number of papers in the Aviation Management programme including 190116, 190220, 190211 and 190306 as well as a Meteorology paper 190121 in the ATP programme.  From 2013 onward my teaching has focused entirely on 190116 and 190220, core elements of the management programme, and 190121.  

Also active in academic research I have several international and New Zealand based publications focused on employment relations issues specifically the attitudes of employers to collective bargaining, workplace unionism and institutional issues in the New Zealand employment relations system.  At present I am working toward a PhD topic in an employment relations aviation related field.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 350 5799 x84211
    Location: 8.02, Colombo Village Building 8
    Campus: Manawatu

Qualifications

  • Master of Business Studies - Massey University (2006)
  • Bachelor of Business Studies - Massey University (2001)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Employer attitudes and responses to collective bargaining and industrial relations, enterprise unionism, workers unionisation decisions, airline cost minimisation, de-collectivisation and employment relations strategies of low cost airlines.

Thematics

Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Air Transportation and Freight Services (150701):
Atmospheric Sciences (040100):
Business and Management (150300):
Climate Change Processes (040104): Climatology (excl. Climate Change Processes) (040105):
Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000):
Earth Sciences (040000):
Industrial Relations (150306):
Labour Law (180118): Law (180100): Law And Legal Studies (180000):
Meteorology (040107):
Organisation and Management Theory (150310): Transportation and Freight Services (150700)

Keywords

Industrial relations, collective bargaining, employment relations strategies within the airline industry, airline strategy.

Research Outputs

Journal

Murrie, AJ. (2011). Employment relationships: Workers, unions and employers in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations. 36(3), 110-112Retreived from http://www.nzjournal.org/NZJER36%283%29.pdf
[Book Review]Authored by: Murrie, A.
Foster, B., Rasmussen, E., Murrie, J., & Laird, I. (2011). Supportive legislation, unsupportive employers and collective bargaining in New Zealand. Relations Industrielles. 66(2), 192-212
[Journal article]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Foster, B., Murrie, J., & Laird, I. (2009). It takes two to tango: Evidence of a decline in institutional industrial relations in New Zealand. Employee Relations. 31(5), 503-514
[Journal article]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Murrie, AJ. (2007). Not a typical union but a union all the same: New unions under the employment relations act 2000. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations. 31(2), 31-45 Retrieved from http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=130089126347783;res=IELBUS
[Journal article]Authored by: Murrie, A.

Conference

Rasmussen, E., Foster, B., & Murrie, AJ. (2012). The decline in collectivism and employer attitudes and behaviours: Facilitating a high-skill, knowledge economy?. Proceedings of the 16th ILERA World Congress. (pp. 1 - 21). : 16th International Labour and Employment Relations Association World Congress
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Murrie, A.
Foster, B., Rasmussen, E., Murrie, A., & Laird, I. (2009, August). Employer attitudes toward collective bargaining: Surveys of employers role and attitudes in New Zealand. Presented at IIRA World Congress. Sydney, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Foster, B., Laird, I., Murrie, A., & Rasmussen, E. (2009). Employer attitudes toward collective bargaining: Surveys of employers role and attitudes in New Zealand. (pp. 1 - 2). : IIRA World Congress
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Murrie, AJ., Jeffrey, GB., & Foster, AB. (2007, February). Key opinion leaders and the formation of new unions under the employment relations act 2000. Presented at Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference. University of Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Foster, A., Jeffrey, G., Murrie, A.
Murrie, AJ., Jeffrey, GB., & Foster, AB. (2007). Key opinion leaders and the formation of new unions under the employment realtions act 2000. Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 1 - 8).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Jeffrey, G., Murrie, A.
Foster, B., McAndrew, I., Murrie, AJ., & Laird, IS. (2006). Employer attitudes to collective bargaining in regional New Zealand. 21st Century Work: High Road or Low Road. (pp. 179 - 189).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Murrie, AJ., Foster, AB., & Jeffery, G. (2006, November). We are independent: The role of employers in the formation of new unions under the Employment Relations Act 2000. Presented at 12th Conference on Labour, Employment and Work. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Foster, A., Murrie, A.
Murrie, AJ., Foster, AB., & Jeffery, G. (2006). We are independent: The role of employers in the formation of new unions under the Employment Relations Act 2000. 12th Conference on Labour, Employment and Work. (pp. 237 - 243).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Murrie, A.
Foster, B., McAndrew, I., Murrie, AJ., & Laird, IS. (2006). Employer attitudes to collective bargaining in regional New Zealand. In B. Pocock, C. Provis, & E. Willis (Eds.) Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 179 - 190).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Foster, AB., Laird, IS., McAndrew, I., & Murrie, AJ. (2005). Employer attitudes as a factor in union stagnation in New Zealand. International Employment Relations Association 13th Annual Conference. (pp. 1 - 15).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.
Foster, B., Murrie, AJ., Laird, IS., & McAndrew, I. (2006). Employer attitudes as a factor in union stagnation in New Zealand. 14th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association. (pp. 1 - 5).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.

Other

Foster, AB., Rasmussen, E., Laird, IS., Murrie, AJ., & Cawte, T. (2008). Employer attitudes toward collective bargaining survey of employers role and attitudes in New Zealand. Presented at Wellington, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Foster, A., Laird, I., Murrie, A.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • 2006 - present - Longchill Limited
    Employment relations and general HRM advice

Supervision and Teaching

Media and Links

External Members

The group also includes a number of Massey Postgraduate (Master & PhD) students.

Publications & Projects

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

  • Rasmussen, E.  Foster, B. Farr D (forthcoming) ‘_The battle over employers’ demands for ‘more flexibility’: attitudes of New Zealand employers.  Employee Relations
    http://www.useconference.com/online_programme_use2015_conference.pd_____

  • Foster, B., Rasmussen, E., & Coetzee, D. (2014). Employment Relations: Employer attitudes and their ability to facilitate a high skill, high wage economy. In A. Pyman, & A. North (Eds.), 28th AIRAANZ Work Employment and Human Resources. Melbourne, Australia. Retrieved from http://www.airaanzconference2014.com/AIRAANZHandbook2014-FINAL-low%20res.pdf

  • Coetzee, D., Foster, B., & laird, I. (2013). A 'Good Employer' perceptions and practice in small enterprises. In Blunfeld (Ed.), Labour, Employment and Work in New Zealand (pp. 1-11). Wellington. Retrieved from http://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/LEW/article/view/1987/1809

  • Rasmussen, E., Foster, B., & Coetzee, D. (2013). Transforming New Zealand employment relations: The role played by employer strategies, behaviours and attitudes. In International Labour and Employment Relations Association 8th Asian regional conference:  Work and employment in the Asian Century. Melbourne.

  • Foster, B., Rasmussen, E. & Coetzee, D. (2012) ’Ideology versus reality: New Zealand employer attitudes to legislative change of employment relations.’ New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 37(3): 50-64.

  • Rasmussen, E., Foster, B., & Murrie, J. (2012). The decline in collectivisim and employer attitudes and behaviours:  Facilitating a high-skill, knowledge economy?. In 16th International Labour and Employment Relations Association World Congress (pp. 1-21). Philadelphia United States.

  • Foster, B., Rasmussen, E. Murrie, J. & Laird, (2011) Supportive legislation, unsupportive employers and collective bargaining in New Zealand. Relations Industrielles 66(2): 192-212.

  • Rasmussen, E. & Foster, B. (2011). Productivity Implications of Changing Employer Attitudes and Strategies. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations 36(2): 61-76.

  • Foster, B., Murrie, J. & Laird, I. (2009) ‘It takes two to tango: evidence of a decline in institutional industrial relations in New Zealand’. Employee Relations 31(5): 503-514.

  • Foster, B., Laird, I.,  McAndrews, I and Murrie, I. (2006) Employers attitudes as a factor in union stagnation in New Zealand.  Research presentation proceedings of the International Industrial Research Association 14th World Congress 11-14 September 2006 Lima, Peru.

  • Farr, D, & Foster,  B. (2015). Defining a healthy and safe work environment in SEs in New Zealand:  A study of the 'good employer'.. In Understanding Small Enterprises (USE) Conference. Groningen The Netherlands. Retrieved from http://www.useconference.com/images/custom/online_proceedings_use_2015_lr_2.pdf

  • Foster, B., Farr, D., & Laird, I. (2015). The inter-relationship between Employment Relations Practices and Occupational Health and Safety Practices in SMEs: Testing a theoretical perspective.. In Understanding Small Enterprises 'A Healthy Working Life in a Healthy Business (pp. 250-267). Groningen  Hanze UAS Netherlands.

  • HRINZ magazine (2014). The inter-relationship of ER practices and OHS outcomes in SMEs Barry Foster,  Ian Laird and Deirdre Farr

FUNDING

  • Dept of Labour (NZ Industrial Relations Foundation)
  • MURF
  • AUT - Bargaining Attitudes of Employers
  • School of Management
  • AUT - Employers attitudes to legislative changes
  • NZ Industrial Relations Foundation_(MBIE) Utilising employment relations practices to enhance occupational health and safety outcomes in small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) in the Central North Island. 2014 

SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

  • HRINZ- 2012
  • Massey - 2010
  • AUT -2009 
  • AUT - 2016
  • MBIE - 2015 report

Contact

Enquiries related to the group can be directed to the group coordinator, Mr. Barry Foster.

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