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When Working Five Days a Week Seems Radical: Compressed Working Weeks in the Australian Construction Industry

Townsend, Keith J., Brown, Kerry A., Bradley, Lisa M., & Lingard, Helen C. (2008) When Working Five Days a Week Seems Radical: Compressed Working Weeks in the Australian Construction Industry. 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

This paper examines the working time expectations and preferences of employees within the male dominated Australian construction industry. The construction industry in Australia is a demanding work environment, with longer than average working hours. Most construction sites operate on a six-day week basis, with both salaried and waged staff often working very long hours. Through questionnaires, interviews and focus groups, this research explores the experiences of employees in four major construction sites within Australia. We argue that the complex mix of wage and salary earning staff, along with labour market pressures means that changing to a five-day working week is quite a radical notion within the industry. However, there are some organisations willing to explore opportunities for change with mixed experiences.

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ID Code: 15230
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: Construction Industry, Working Week, Industrial Relations, Salary, Wage
ISBN: 9780980476606
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)
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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