Tipping the scales: A qualitative study of the impact of Work Choices on women in low-paid employment in Queensland

Macdonald, Fiona, Whitehouse, Gillian and Bailey, Janis (2007) Tipping the scales: A qualitative study of the impact of Work Choices on women in low-paid employment in Queensland Brisbane, Qld: School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland; Department of Industrial Relations, Griffith University


Author Macdonald, Fiona
Whitehouse, Gillian
Bailey, Janis
Title of report Tipping the scales: A qualitative study of the impact of Work Choices on women in low-paid employment in Queensland
Parent publication Women and WorkChoices: Impacts on the Low Pay Sector
Publication date 2007-06
ISBN 978-0-9803798-8-4
Publisher School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland; Department of Industrial Relations, Griffith University
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld
Start page 1
End page 49
Total pages 49
Language eng
Subjects 150306 Industrial Relations
169901 Gender Specific Studies
Abstract/Summary This report presents the findings of a qualitative assessment of the impact of changes in national work regulation on women in low-paid employment in Queensland. Following the introduction of the ‘Work Choices’ legislation in March 2006 Australia’s industrial relations regulatory regime has changed significantly. The full impact of these changes will not be seen for some time although there is already some quantitative and anecdotal evidence that the most vulnerable workers are experiencing negative impacts. Women, over-represented in low waged employment and heavily reliant on the former award system, are likely to be among those most adversely affected. The rationale for this research was to investigate in-depth the ways in which the introduction of Work Choices is changing employment for women in low-paid work and the impacts these changes are having. Our intention was not to ask how many women have been affected by the Work Choices changes, rather it was to listen to what women who had been affected had to say about their experiences. Through this process we explored why and how the changes take effect in workplaces and the impacts they have on individual workers, workplaces and the broader community. Five occupational sectors were identified as ‘minimum conditions’ sectors (WiSER 2006) and the research focussed on the experiences of women in those five sectors (child-care, cleaning, retail sales, cafés and restaurants, aged care) and on women in low-paid clerical work. A variety of organisations assisted us to recruit our research participants. The 20 women were aged from 19 to 59 years and came from regional and metropolitan areas across Queensland.
Keyword WorkChoices
Women
low paid employment
effects
Additional Notes Report to the Queensland Department of Employment and Industrial Relations. One of 6 State reports that contribute to the 'Women and WorkChoices: Impacts on the Low Pay Sector' report, August 2007, ISBN: 978-0-9803798-8-4.

 
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