Can Unions Provide What Workers Want? The case of the Queensland Health and Fitness Industry

Glenda Maconachie, Jennifer Sappey

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Abstract

Sexual, social and employment success have been linked to the physical capital drawn from having aesthetic attributes of the socially idealized body. In certain workplace settings, such as health and fitness centres, the body becomes a mainstream commodity with physical capital affording the fitness worker a high degree of distinction and adoration as well as employment opportunities. The employment relationship is shaped by 'lookism', with both the employer and employee taking advantage of the fitness worker's idealized form. The worker's physical capital provides a walking billboard advertising the employer's products and services, while exposure to comparison and adoration provides a heightened sense of self-worth, distinction and celebrity for fitness workers for which they are prepared to trade-off employment conditions. In redefining what they want from work, fitness workers challenge the traditional purpose of trade unions, and question their ability to deliver what these workers want from their employment relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIRAANZ conference 2008
Subtitle of host publicationWorkers, corporations and community: Facing choices for a sustainable future
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherAIRAANZ/La Trobe University
Pages284-292
Number of pages9
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9780980476606
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventAssociation of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference - Melbourne, Australia, Australia
Duration: 06 Feb 200808 Feb 2008

Conference

ConferenceAssociation of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference
Country/TerritoryAustralia
Period06/02/0808/02/08

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