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Workplace health: The injuries of neoliberalism

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Edited by Toni Schofield

Published: 2005
ISBN: 978-0-9750436-4-6
Pages: 96


This text is set in the context of the Coalition's Industrial Relations changes of 2006, known as Work Choices, which were highly controversial  due to the  implied threat of an aggressive new liberalism in Australian workplaces, in both public and private sectors. The working lives of most Australians and the conditions under which they worked were feared to be radically altered as a consequence.

One of the major but largely unmentioned casualties of IR reforms is their likely injury to workers' health and well-being.

Dr Toni Schofield, Editor

This Special Edition remains extremely relevant as mounting difficulties in employment injury prevention and management are indicated for workplaces with neoliberal health and safety policies. In fact, emerging research suggests the possibility of an impending occupational health crisis. Major 'reforms' in public management of occupational health and safety, employment injury and fatality and workers' compensation, over the past decade, have encouraged corporate disregard and disrespect for workplace, employee and community health. Workplace Health and Neo-liberalism draws on cases and subjects from Australia and the UK.

This collection provides an invaluable update and analysis of neoliberal workplace health legislation, OH&S, workers' compensation and IR case law, 'self regulation' and their HR workplace impacts.

Table of Contents

Introduction: the impact of neoliberal policy on workplace health -Toni Schofield

Claims process: institutional disrespect and the neoliberal state - Margarita Parrish and Toni Schofield

The time of their lives? Academic workers in neoliberal time(s) - Bronwyn Davies and Peter Bansel

'My way or the highway': managerial prerogative, the labour process and workplace health - Dennis McIntyre

The neoliberal state and the gendered prosecution of work injury - Suzanne Jamieson

Rehabilitation of workers with musculoskeletal injury and chronic pain - Lyn Guy and Stephanie Short

Restructuring and the production of occupational stressors in a corporatised ambulance service - Kerry Mahon

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