The Federation Press

The Employment Revolution


The demise of full-time, life-time jobs; the rise of part-time work, job sharing, contract work, working from home and temporary employment agencies all herald a new world of work. There are radical new laws with major changes to the structure of industrial relations.

Jim Macken’s book analyses the nature of the global changes taking place and the consequences on employment and industrial relations. He covers changes to the law and to the industrial relations structure, including unions, peak councils, management structures and industrial tribunals. He challenges current entrenched ideas of the future of employment in Australia.

Table of Contents

What employment revolution?
How many revolutions?
The law of master and servant
Other contracts of employment
Performance of an employment contract
Termination of a contract of employment
The philosophy of the cultural revolution
The evolution of the corporate State
Unemployment as an element in structural change
The rise in casual and part-time employment
Temporary employment agencies
The employment revolution and the law
Industrial relations and institutions
The ’human resource’ syndrome
Work co-operatives and ’new unionism’
A changing definition of work

Industrial Relations Act 1991 (NSW), Part-time work provisions
Extracts from ILO Convention No 96
Industrial Relations Act 1991 (NSW, Ch 7 - private employment agents
Advertisement Australian Financial Review, 7 May 1982
Press Reports concerning the human resources debate
Industrial Relations Act 1991 (NSW), ss 275-278
Brochure of clerical placement service, Hunter Labour Co-operative
Advertisement in the Northen Herald, 17 September 1992

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