Regulating Part‐Time Employment: Equal Treatment and its Limits

Leah F. Vosko

in Managing the Margins

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199574810
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722080 | DOI:
Regulating Part‐Time Employment: Equal Treatment and its Limits

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This chapter explores contemporary regulatory responses to challenges to the temporal boundaries of the SER and their associated precariousness, typified by the 1994 ILO Convention on Part‐Time Work, which subscribes to equal treatment. To analyse the logic of this regulation, it considers the nature and significance of part‐time employment in Australia, where it is highly prevalent and also deeply gendered. However, it is the composition of part‐time employment that most distinguishes this national case: a relatively small proportion of part‐time workers are permanent employees. Rather, many part‐time workers are employed either on a casual or fixed‐term basis or are self‐employed. Even among all part‐time employees, most are casual—many of whom are women. The Australian case illustrates the implications of SER‐centric responses to precariousness amongst part‐time workers that chiefly address the situation of permanent part‐time wage‐earners, while leaving the situation of their casual counterparts intact.

Keywords: Australia; casual employment; ILO Convention on Part‐Time Work; part‐time employment; standardized working time; women

Chapter.  12316 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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