Labour Force Participation, Social Inclusion and the Fair Work Act: Current and Carbon-Constrained Contexts

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The notion that employment is a precondition for personal wellbeing and social inclusion is almost sacrosanct in Australian culture. The working and living conditions of Australia's low paid workers tells a different story. While labour market participation is a cornerstone of the Federal Government's Social Inclusion Agenda, it is recognized that low pay and poor job quality often derail this key objective. Indeed, the difficulty of 'making work pay' at the bottom end of the labour market is a social inclusion challenge that has yet to receive the policy or public attention that it warrants. This article considers what the Fair Work Act means for the social inclusion of disadvantaged workers, in the context of wider'ranging strategies to address low pay. It concludes with some considerations of the challenges that a carbon'constrained economy is likely to present for labour force participation as a remedy for social exclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-241
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Journal of Social Issues
Volume45
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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