Victimisation, Inspection and Workers' Entitlements: Lesson Not Learnt?

Maconachie, Glenda J. & Goodwin, Miles (2008) Victimisation, Inspection and Workers' Entitlements: Lesson Not Learnt? In Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History Conference 2008, 13 – 15 February 2008, Melbourne, Australia.

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19th century Factories and Shops inspectors identified employer victimisation of workers who reported non-compliance with entitlements as a key enforcement problem. Initial strategies of the Australian federal industrial relations inspectorate tasked with enforcing awards and agreements in the 20th century were cognisant of this problem, but more recent strategies appear to have ignored it. This paper examines the impact of shifts in strategies used by the federal inspectorate between 1904 and 2006 in conjunction with changed contextual issues to make two points: complaints- based inspection strategies identify complainants, and combined with changed employment practices increase the potential for victimisation.

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ID Code: 15374
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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: Victimisation, Worker Entitlements, Australia, Labour Inspection
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 EHSANZ and Glenda J. Maconachie and Miles Goodwin
Deposited On: 29 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:39

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