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    Labour casualization and the psychosocial health of workers in Australia


    McGann, Michael and Whie, Kevin and Moss, Jeremy (2016) Labour casualization and the psychosocial health of workers in Australia. Work, Employment and Society, 30 (5). pp. 766-782. ISSN 0950-0170

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    Abstract

    This article presents the results of a qualitative study of 72 workers in regional Victoria, Australia. Against the background of the growing casualization of the workforce it demonstrates the impact on the health and well-being of these workers, focusing on the intersection between psychosocial working conditions and health. In particular it focuses on the detrimental impact on workers’ sense of self-efficacy and self-esteem. It emphasizes how the job insecurity characteristic of non-standard work extends beyond the fear of job loss to involve uncertainty over the scheduling of work, with debilitating consequences for workers’ autonomy, self-efficacy and control over their lives. Additionally, it is argued that the exclusion of these workers from paid leave and other entitlements in the workplace confers a lower social status on these workers that is corrosive of their self-esteem. It is these key socio-psychological mechanisms that provide the link between insecure work and workers’ health.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: McGann, M., White, K., & Moss, J. (2016). Labour casualization and the psychosocial health of workers in Australia. Work, Employment and Society, 30(5), 766–782. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017016633022
    Keywords: Australia; health; psychosocial; rural; work;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 13030
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017016633022
    Depositing User: Michael McGann
    Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 16:51
    Journal or Publication Title: Work, Employment and Society
    Publisher: Sage Publications
    Refereed: Yes
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