'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.

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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.

Item ID: 14027
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-5377
Keywords: ageing population; labour market; workforce
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2010 03:29
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940501 Employment Patterns and Change @ 100%
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