Regulating precarious employment : the case of young Australian retail workers

Campbell, I. & Price, R.A. (2012) Regulating precarious employment : the case of young Australian retail workers. In Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics 24th Annual Conference – Global Shifts : Implications for Business, Government and Labor, 28 - 30 June 2012, MIT, Cambridge, MA.

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Young workers are highly susceptible to the precarities of external labour markets. They are more likely to be employed in precarious, part-time and insecure work and to lose their jobs in an economic downturn. For young people, the process of transitioning between education and employment includes periods in and out of further education and in and out of employment, and in underemployment. The underemployment of youth is the global norm (Roberts 2009). The policy orthodoxy in industrialised nations normalises these transitions as ‘natural’ and as a ‘stage’ through which young people must pass. Here, the state plays a vital role in providing both welfare support and regulatory protection for young people in precarious work and transitioning from it.

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ID Code: 54149
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Regulating Precarious Employment, Young Australian Workers, Retail Workers
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2012 01:16
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2012 04:11

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