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Compounding Vulnerability? Young Workers' Employment Concerns and the Anticipated Impact of the WorkChoices Act

McDonald, Paula K., Bailey, Janis , Oliver, Damian , & Pini, Barbara M. (2007) Compounding Vulnerability? Young Workers' Employment Concerns and the Anticipated Impact of the WorkChoices Act. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 33(1), pp. 60-88.

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Abstract

This paper draws on quantitative data from the Young Workers Advisory Service (YWAS), an organisation that provides information, advice, and advocacy to young workers across Queensland. Since its inception in 2002 YWAS has recorded 4,769 inquiries from young people up to the age of 25, the most frequent being (i) dismissal/redundancy; (ii) problems with pay/remuneration; (iii) issues with employment conditions (e.g., working hours, AWAs, award conditions); and (iv) workplace bullying. Further cross-tabs and qui-square analysis of these categories reveals different types of youth (by gender, age, occupation, job status and industry) who are most vulnerable. In examining the findings, particular attention is drawn to the recent regulatory change in Australia's labour market as manifest in the 2005 WorkChoices legislation. It is argued that the youth are vulnerable in employment, and that this vulnerability will only be aggravated in a deregulated employment environment.

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ID Code: 10404
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Young Workers, Employment, Industrial Relations, WorkChoices, Australia
ISSN: 0311-6336
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Flinders University National Institute of Labour Studies
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2012 09:24

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