How secure was that public service job? Redundancy in the Queensland Public Service 1859 - 1993

Colley, Linda (2005) How secure was that public service job? Redundancy in the Queensland Public Service 1859 - 1993. Labour History, 89 : 141-157.

Author Colley, Linda
Title How secure was that public service job? Redundancy in the Queensland Public Service 1859 - 1993
Journal name Labour History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0023-6942
Publication date 2005-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 89
Start page 141
End page 157
Total pages 17
Place of publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
Language eng
Formatted abstract Public service employment has traditionally been perceived as secure and permanent. This security has been reduced in recent years, as economic pressures and broader public sector reforms have resulted in the redundancy of numerous public servants. While many consider this to be a revolutionary or novel trend, a review of the Queensland public service demonstrates that redundancies have long been a feature of public sector employment. The nature of redundancy appears to have changed over time, with earlier redundancies being largely related to economic circumstances, and those in more recent times being related less to economic cycles than to organisational decisions to restructure. The legislative provisions for redundancy have also changed and become more flexible and accessible. This combination of the change in the nature of redundancy, and the more accessible provisions, is not consistent with the traditional rationale for public service tenure as a protection against political dismissal.
Keyword Public Service
Employment
Labour history
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
 
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Created: Fri, 10 Dec 2010, 16:21:43 EST by Dr Linda Colley on behalf of Institute for Social Science Research