Gold collar workers: golden or impoverished futures?

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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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Gold collar workers: golden or impoverished futures?

ERA Journal ID21951
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsKossen, Chris (Author) and Wilkinson, Roger (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Organisational Behaviour
Journal Citation10 (2), pp. 698-712
Number of Pages15
Year2005
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
ISSN1440-5377
Web Address (URL)http://www.usq.edu.au/resources/kossewilkinsonvol102.pdf
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.

Keywordsmature aged-workers; labour market deregulation; portability of entitlements; government policy; Australia; discrimination
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020380111. Labour economics
440709. Public policy
380109. Industry economics and industrial organisation
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
James Cook University
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