Abbott, Keith 2006, Industrial relations and catholic social doctrine, in 21st century work : high road or low road : proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, University of South Australia, Adelaide, S. Aust., pp. 7-16.
Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference
University of South Australia
Place of publication
Adelaide, S. Aust.
This paper reviews the key principles of Catholic Social thought as they pertain to relations between labour and capital. It is argued that such principles are foundational for the conduct of ethical relations and the exercise of moral values in the workplace, and are recognisable in the right of workers to employment and just compensation for their labours, in the duty of employers to provide safe and engaging work for those in their charge, and in the obligation of the state to dispense wise governance in a manner that guarantees the welfare and security of all its citizens. It is argued that these principles have had de facto airing in Australian political and economic history, and that they might be usefully drawn upon again to protect the rights of workers under the current ascendency of neo-liberal policy solutions.
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