Welfare to Work: Or Work Discipline Revisited
Australian Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 41, pp. 27-48, 2006
25 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2006
Australia recently enacted welfare-to-work reforms for sole parents, the partially disabled and the long-term unemployed. At the same time, it enacted labour law reforms which dismantled labour law award protections in favour of 'individual bargaining'. This paper argues that the combined effect of these reforms not only brings about closer integration between social security and labour law, but also increases the 'disciplinary' controls over the lives of welfare clients, while also degrading the conditions of the most vulnerable welfare clients, whether they are in work (on reduced employment conditions) or on welfare (on less generous benefits.
Keywords: Welfare reform, activation, welfare-to-work, breaching
JEL Classification: K39, J65, K31, I38
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