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Changing contexts, enduring roles? Working parents in Portuguese public and private sector organisations

Maria das Dores Guerreiro, Pedro Abrantes and Inês Pereira

in Work, families and organisations in transition

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422200
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304326 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422200.003.0010
Changing contexts, enduring roles? Working parents in Portuguese public and private sector organisations

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This chapter contrasts and compare organisational change as it affects working parents in social services and finance consultancy. It shows how a consultancy company abided by general labour laws and had no specific workplace policies for working parents, but followed an informal policy of flexible hours. In practice, these were taken up to keep up with the large volume of work and because of the seasonal nature of the work. Policy interpretation in the public sector was much stricter. Another theme that forms the focus of this chapter is on the asymmetries in terms of age, education, access to refresher training, and qualifications, with resulting effects on pay and job insecurity. Although such asymmetries were found in both organisations, the private company had a more highly qualified workforce as compared to the case in social services.

Keywords: organisational change; working parents; social services; finance consultancy; labour laws; workplace policies; private company

Chapter.  7918 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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