Citizenship at Work: An Australian Perspective
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
‘Travail et citoyenneté: Quel Avenir?’ (WORK AND CITIZENSHIP. WHAT FUTURE?), pp. 71-108, M. Coutu, G. Murray, eds., Laval University Press, 2010
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 11/17
This paper analyzes the literature on industrial citizenship and unpacks its meaning through a process of categorisation. These categories are, aspirational citizenship, explanatory citizenship, welfare citizenship and global citizenship. The writings of Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Harold Lasky, and William B. Forebath represent aspirational citizenship. Explanatory Citizenship is gleaned from the labour law literature from Australia, the United States and Canada which has sought to explain the operation of their labour relations systems. If read broadly, these writers can be impliedly taken to endorse an approach to a type of industrial citizenship suitable for their nation. Welfare citizenship is explained through an examination of the seminal writings of T. H. Marshall and also through the recent work of Hugh Collins. In comprehending global citizenship, the writing of Linda Bosniak is examined. It is suggested that all writers on industrial citizenship argue that workers should receive fair wages and reasonable terms and conditions of employment, including protective legislation in the areas of unfair termination, privacy and occupational health and safety. More interesting, however, is the notion that industrial citizens should be given an input in to the processes of employer decision-making. It is also obvious that a re-working of industrial citizenship is essential to take account of the needs and aspirations of immigrant workers, of part-time and casual employees, of home workers, of labour hire employees, and of those workers who are receiving remuneration as independent contractors and consultants.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: citizenship, industrial citizenship, citizenship at work, literature on citizenship, employment, terms and conditions of employment, globalisation
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K31, K33
Date posted: February 24, 2011
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