This report analyses qualitative findings about the impact of WorkChoices on women workers most of whom are on minimum wages.This report analyses qualitative findings about the impact of WorkChoices on women workers most of whom are on minimum wages.
The WorkChoices amendments to the Workplace Relations Act 1996 represent a significant shift in national employment regulation in Australia. While some of the legislative changes are clear, such as the restriction of unfair dismissal protection to those working for employers with more than 100 employees and the restriction of unions’ right of entry to workplaces, other changes are less so. Indeed the extent to which the application of specific changes within certain workplaces is legal or illegal under WorkChoices has been a matter of on-going political debate and some considerable confusion. Even where changes are unambiguous, the individual and organisational ramifications of the removal of long-standing protections, particularly in relation to job security, have not yet been explored and understood. A number of studies now suggest that WorkChoices is having a range of negative effects on the pay and conditions of Australian workers. Women and vulnerable workers have been especially affected.