Race Against Time: Extended Hours in Australia

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Title Race Against Time: Extended Hours in Australia
Author Peetz, David Robert; Townsend, Keith; Russell, Bob; Houghton, Theresa Christine; Allan, Cameron; Fox, Andrea
Journal Name Australian Bulletin of Labour
Year Published 2003
Place of publication Adelaide
Publisher National Institute of Labour Studies
Abstract Drawing on qualitative and survey research in a number of organisations, we report on some of the causes and effects of extended working hours. Extended hours were mostly employer-driven, where workplace regulation of hours was weak so employees were not compensated for extra hours worked, though in a minority of instances it was jointly driven by employers and employees who benefited from overtime pay. Workplace culture was important in shaping extended hours. Employees internalised pressure to work long hours, so that without adequate say on their workload, employees with higher say in their working hours tended to work longer hours. Yet many full-time employees were working more hours than they wanted, and there was strong support for an upper limit on hours. Such a limit failed in implementation, however, where there was no enforcement mechanism and a minority were willing to circumvent it.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Australian+Bulletin+of+Labour-p2332
Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 Australian Bulletin of Labour. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 29
Issue Number 2
Page from 126
Page to 142
ISSN 0311-6336
Date Accessioned 2003-11-03
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Subject Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/6503
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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