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The Partial Eclipse of the SER and the Dynamics of SER‐Centrism in International Labour Regulations

Leah F. Vosko

in Managing the Margins

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199574810
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722080 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574810.003.0004
The Partial Eclipse of the SER and the Dynamics of SER‐Centrism in International Labour Regulations

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This chapter initiates the book's statistical portrait of employment trends in industrialized contexts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This portrait illustrates the slow erosion of full‐time permanent employment in Australia, Canada, the European Union 15, and to a lesser extent the United States. Linking employment trends to sex/gender divisions of unpaid work, it also reveals that, despite formal equality, full‐time permanent employment and non‐standard employment remain gendered and shaped by immigration status to the present. Concern about the spread of precarious employment accompanied these trends. At the international level, the result was a series of regulations aimed at shoring up this employment norm: adopted between 1990 and 2008 and organized around its central pillars of working time, continuity, and the employment relationship, these regulations seek to ensure that citizen‐workers do not see their employment and occupational opportunities or working conditions limited by barriers based on form of employment.

Keywords: Australia; Canada; continuity; employment relationship; EU 15; full‐time permanent employment; immigration status; non‐standard employment; statistical portrait; United States; unpaid work; working time

Chapter.  8783 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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