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.
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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|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).|
|Keywords:||Young Workers, Industrial Relations, Dismissal, Psychological Contract|
|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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