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Sacked! Young Workers Dismissal and the Psychological Contract

McDonald, Paula K., Waterhouse, Jennifer M, & Kellner, Ashlea (2008) Sacked! Young Workers Dismissal and the Psychological Contract. In Stanton, Pauline & Young, Suzanne (Eds.) 22nd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand - Workers, Corporations and Community: Facing Choices for a Sustainable Future, 6 - 8 February 2008, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

Despite the vulnerability of youth in paid work, little is known of the circumstances surrounding breakdowns of the employment relationship for this cohort. This study utilised over 1,200 cases of employee enquiries to a community advocacy organisation to explore the types and circumstances of workplace dismissal. Results indicate that dismissal is most commonly associated with bullying, harassment and taking personal leave. Many of the circumstances which emerged were concerning and demonstrate a range of poor outcomes in situations where employers capitalise on youths' inexperience, limited representation and relative difficulty in seeking legal redress. The findings expose exploitation within the youth labour market that violates both the psychological and legal contract of employment.

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ID Code: 15226
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Young Workers, Industrial Relations, Dismissal, Psychological Contract
ISBN: 9780980476606
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:45

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