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The Australian Charter of Employment Rights: The missing dimensions

Standing, Guy (2008) 'The Australian Charter of Employment Rights: The missing dimensions.' Journal of Industrial Relations, 50 (2). pp. 355-366.

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Abstract

Just prior to the 2007 General Election, a group of labour lawyers and economists, broadly sympathetic to the Labor Party, produced a Charter of Employment Rights. This article examines the Charter's proposals and its underlying framework, and suggests significant aspects of work and labour have been omitted. It contends that the Charter would have been improved if it had not retained an artificially stretched definition of workers as employees, in which the only relationship worthy of inclusion in a Charter is that between the direct employer and employee. The framework and language of the Charter convey a paternalistic approach and an outdated focus on industrial labour, while ignoring aspects of the emerging global system of work linked to the concept of occupation.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: labour law, labor law, work rights, labour markets, labor markets, Australia
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
ISSN: 00221856
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1177/0022185607087908
Depositing User: Guy Standing
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2013 15:58
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/15679

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