Changing Ideas and Structures of Work and Employment as the Necessary Means of a Life of Dignity for All

Changing Ideas and Structures of Work and Employment as the Necessary Means of a Life of Dignity for All

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Abstract

Enhanced efficiency, effectiveness, and efficacy are values frequently used to justify the restructuring of organisations to meet financial, productivity, or sustainability demands of organisations, nations, or even the global economy. Where a restructure entails the severance of employees, the implications of their departure will ripple not only through the restructured organisation but also through the host community. This case tells the story of Sue as she faces the implications of the loss of paid employment for herself, her family, and the people she and her son work with to the benefit of their community. Sue’s story is set in Aotearoa-New Zealand, a jurisdiction that in the 1980s was at the vanguard of intensifying market-driven globalisation often referred to as neoliberalism. In December 2017 the newly ...

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