Labour Market Justice and the Concept of Employment
Daniel Halliday (University of Melbourne)

September 5, 2019, 4:15pm - 6:15pm
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne


Labour market justice encompasses a variety of questions about how the state ought to regulate wages, working conditions, and other aspects of how people sell their labour. I am going to argue that the idea of the employment contract, though connected with these, is itself an area of distinctive normative enquiry. More specifically, I want to address questions about the just boundary of employment contracts (how to separate cases where a worker sells labour on a freelance or self-employed basis from cases of employment) and about the just content of employment contracts (what can be included in the terms of an employment contract). While there are theoretical motivations for this work, its motivations are heightened by some ongoing disputes about both boundary and content in the Australian labour market, such as those relating to labour sold via digital platforms (Uber), and free speech (Israel Folau). 

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