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- Part-time work: policy, practice and resistance in a manufacturing organisation
- Charlesworth, Sara; Cartwright, Sheree
- In Australia, part-time work is seen as the key strategy for enabling employees, primarily women, to better balance work and care responsibilities. However, while almost half of all employed women work on a part-time basis, the take up of part-time work varies considerably across industries and organisations. In retail and hospitality, for example, a significant proportion of jobs are organised on a part-time (and casual) basis. In contrast, in industries like manufacturing, part-time work remains relatively rare even for female employees, with those seeking to reduce their hours of work often having to negotiate on an individual basis with their line supervisor. This article examines the issue of part-time work in a maledominated manufacturing organisation, ManuCo, where relatively few female employees work on a part-time basis. While blue collar employees have an award 'right' to part-time work after return from parental leave, uptake is highest among white collar workers who are dependent on managerial discretion to access part-time work. This article explores the reasons for this apparent paradox and reports on the development of a formal company-wide 'right-to request' part-time work policy. We explore the resistance, both overt and covert, to this initiative and the deeply embedded and gendered organisation of work and working-time that underpins it.
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- Book chapter
- Women and Work 2007: current RMIT University research / Maureen Fastenau, Elizabeth Branigan, Kathy Douglas, Helen Marshall and Sheree Cartwright (eds.), pp. 5-20
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- Careers; Employment for women; Family; Labour economics; Marriage; Social change; Women; Women's rights
- RMIT Publishing
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- Copyright © 2007 The authors and the Centre for Applied Social Research, School of Social Science and Planning, RMIT University. The published version is reproduced with the kind permission of the Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT, and Sheree Cartwright.
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- The 'Women and work: current RMIT research (2007)' monograph is a collection of research papers, some of which were originally presented at RMIT's Annual Women and Work conference. This is the third volume in the 'Women and Work' series.
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