Cheap Labour: The Australian Way

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Abstract

This paper examines new qualitative findings from a national study of low paid services employment in Australia, within the context of the new WorkChoices legislation. For many, low paid jobs entail financial hardship, unsocial hours, job insecurity, hidden subsidies to highly profitable industries through unpaid labour and out-of-pocket expenses, and less bargaining power. These workplace disadvantages have knock-on effects for personal health and well-being, household and family cohesion, community participation and active citizenship. For many low paid workers, the traditional notion of employment as an antidote to poverty and hardship has been the shattered. This paper questions the sustainability and justice of economic growth based on the growing exploitation of its most vulnerable employees.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIRAANZ conference 2007
Subtitle of host publicationDiverging employment relations patterns in Australia and New Zealand
PublisherAIRAANZ
Pages11
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)0868691119
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventAssociation of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ - University of Auckland, New Zealand, New Zealand
Duration: 07 Feb 200709 Feb 2007

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ConferenceAssociation of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ
CountryNew Zealand
Period07/02/0709/02/07

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Masterman-Smith, H., & Elton, J. (2007). Cheap Labour: The Australian Way. In AIRAANZ conference 2007: Diverging employment relations patterns in Australia and New Zealand (pp. 11). AIRAANZ.