Gold collar workers: golden or impoverished futures?

Kossen, Chris and Wilkinson, Roger (2005) Gold collar workers: golden or impoverished futures? International Journal of Organisational Behaviour, 10 (2). pp. 698-712.

Abstract

Long neglected in policy and public consciousness, mature aged-workers have come to prominence in many advanced capitalist countries as governments and researchers identify the 'ageing of the population' as a key social problem for the future. One immediate response has been to construct the problem as one of the systematic discrimination of mature-aged workers in the labour market. Government policy now aims to address the expected shortfall of workers in national labour markets by encouraging mature-aged workers to stay in the labour market. However, with a Senate majority as of 1 July 2005, the government is clearly much more interested in radical deregulation of the labour market. This further deregulation of the labour market is likely to increase financial hardship among the population, one in which mature-aged workers are particularly vulnerable. This paper focuses on this emergent debate, especially in the Australian context, and criticises the government's renewed and vigorous pursuit of labour market deregulation. Finally the paper outlines a number of measured regulatory approaches in particular 'risk pooling' which includes the provision of portability of entitlements for workers.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ publication.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:16
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: mature aged-workers; labour market deregulation; portability of entitlements; government policy; Australia; discrimination
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140211 Labour Economics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140209 Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940501 Employment Patterns and Change
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/146

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