Will Deregulating the Labor Market in Australia Improve the Employment Conditions of Women?

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Title Will Deregulating the Labor Market in Australia Improve the Employment Conditions of Women?
Author Strachan, Glenda Jean; Burgess, John
Journal Name Feminist Economics
Year Published 2001
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article traces the development of policies designed to reduce gender workforce inequality in Australia. In contrast to earlier centralized and collective approaches, current strategy is founded on individualism and direct workplace bargaining. The location of reform is now the enterprise, with direct bargaining replacing collective standards. Current policy developments have seen gender subsumed under market imperfections and family responsibilities. These policies will remove many of the safeguards of minimum pay and conditions for women workers, especially those who are most vulnerable. When combined with the growth of “nonstandard” jobs the picture is bleak for many workers, especially the low paid. The onus for corrective action now rests with individual employees and workplace managers, with trade unions being marginalized. The authors suggest that a continuation of the current policy will wind back the clock on the employment conditions of women workers in Australia.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 7
Issue Number 2
Page from 53
Page to 76
ISSN 13545701
Date Accessioned 2006-07-18
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/15406
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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