Brave New Workplace: How Individual Contracts are Changing Our Jobs

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Allen & Unwin, 2006 - Australia - 262 pages
The move for individual contracts for employees overturns a century of collective bargaining. David Peetz peels away the layers of corporate and government doublespeak that surround this most heated issue to uncover what is really happening in relations between employers and employees.
 

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Contents

YOURE ALL INDIVIDUALS?
23
POWER PRODUCTIVITY AND PERKS
48
WHAT ARE YOU WORTH?
85
WAR IS PEACE
116
MOBILISING WORKERS
157
FINDING THE
186
Notes
213
Select bibliography
247
Index
257
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Page 75 - ... .is it not the supreme and most insidious exercise of power to prevent people, to whatever degree, from having grievances by shaping their perceptions, cognitions and preferences in such a way that they accept their role in the existing order of things, either because they can see or imagine no alternative to it, or because they see it as natural and unchangeable, or because they value it as divinely ordained and beneficial?
Page 150 - I lost my land" is changed; a cell is split and from its splitting grows the thing you hate — "We lost our land". The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and perplexed as one. And from this first "we" there grows a still more dangerous thing: "I have a little food
Page 14 - continuous association of wage-earners for the purpose of maintaining or improving the conditions of their working lives.
Page 150 - I lost my land, a single tractor took my land. I am alone and I am bewildered. And in the night one family camps in a ditch and another family pulls in and the tents come out. The two men squat on their hams and the women and children listen. Here is the node, you who hate change and fear revolution. Keep these two squatting men apart: make them hate, fear, suspect each other. Here is the anlage of the thing you fear. This is the zygote. For here "I lost my land" is changed; a cell is split and from...
Page 16 - ... features of social organization, such as networks, norms, and trust, that facilitate coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit.
Page 123 - Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
Page 150 - One man, one family driven from the land; this rusty car creaking along the highway to the west. I lost my land, a single tractor took my land. I am alone and I am bewildered. And in the night one family camps in a ditch and another family pulls in and the tents come out. The two men squat on their hams and the women and children listen. Here is the node, you who hate change and fear revolution.
Page 150 - Nations as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, states that no one shall be held in slavery or servitude and that slavery and...
Page 78 - Unions and their members are interested in the effect of the rules made by collective bargaining, which is to limit the power and authority of employers and to lessen the dependence of employees on market fluctuations and the arbitrary will of management.

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About the author (2006)

David Peetz is Professor of Industrial Relations at Griffith University. He worked for 10 years in the former Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations, and is author of Unions in a Contrary World.

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