Catholic social thought and labouring ideals in Australia's new industrial context

Abbott, Keith 2008, Catholic social thought and labouring ideals in Australia's new industrial context, Journal of industrial relations, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 157-174, doi: 10.1177/0022185607085699.

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Title Catholic social thought and labouring ideals in Australia's new industrial context
Author(s) Abbott, KeithORCID iD for Abbott, Keith
Journal name Journal of industrial relations
Volume number 50
Issue number 1
Start page 157
End page 174
Total pages 18
Publisher SAGE Publications Ltd
Place of publication Los Angeles, Calif.
Publication date 2008-02
ISSN 0022-1856
Keyword(s) Australia
catholic social doctrine
industrial relations
workplace ethics
Summary This article sets out the principles of Catholic social doctrine as they pertain to the rights of employees, the duties of the employers and the obligations of the state. It relates these to the historical development of industrial work and employment in Australia, noting the close proximity of the principles to the social and political arrangements that emerged over the period of the Australian Settlement. It goes on to identify the more recent demise of Catholic activism, which, in combination with the pursuit of neo-liberal policy solutions and market reforms, has purged previous arrangements of their former notions of `fairness' and equity. It concludes that those opposing such solutions and reforms should think beyond simply framing arguments in terms of the economic or the instrumental, and might usefully draw on the labouring ideals set out in Catholic social doctrine to develop a more thorough set of moral and ethical principles to support their cause.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0022185607085699
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Industrial Relations Society of Australia
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