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The globalization debate and the character of employment relations



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The globalization debate and the character of employment relations


Presentation Topic: What is the nature of contemporary globalization and what are the implications for employment relations in Australia? This is particularly with regard to the effect of ‘labour market flexibility’ for management and workers?
Reading:

Chapter 4 (pages 76-96) in Bray, M, Waring, P & Cooper, R. (2011) Employment relations: theory and practice, McGraw-Hill, N. Ryde


Martin, The Global Trap, Ch. 1, ‘The 20-80 Society’.
Barnet and Cavanagh, Ch.1. ‘Global Dreams’.


  1. The Public Sector: Privatization & the Public Interest.


Presentation Topic: The privatization of public assets is one of the defining features of neo-liberal globalization. Those arguing for such restructuring claim that this will create greater choice and will produce efficiencies that will benefit citizens. Those who are critical of these changes argue that such a move undermines the public interest thereby detrimentally affecting citizens. Debate these contentions.
Reading:

Chapter 5 (pages 151-160) in Bray, M, Waring, P & Cooper, R. (2011) Employment relations: theory and practice, McGraw-Hill, N. Ryde.


Colin Leys, Market Driven Politics, Ch. 1.

Webster, Lambert, Grounding Globalization, Ch. 4, ‘Citizenship Matters’


Case Study: Read Work Story The new public sector management at Happy Valley Council on p 158-9 in Bray et al., and discuss Q 2
Reading: Work Story The new public sector management at Happy Valley Council on p 158-9 in Bray et al





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