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Frazer, A. & Sargeant, M. (2009). Older workers as vulnerable workers in the new world of work. 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) (p. Workshop Sessions, Track 5: Session 3). Sydney: IIRA.


The paper brings focus to the consideration of one particular group of vulnerable workers who may be adversely affected by new forms of work. This group already suffers from discrimination based upon their age and this paper will consider whether this discrimination is compounded by the increasing numbers of older workers in the precarious workforce. The paper examines older workers in Australia and the United Kingdom to determine the extent of their involvement in precarious work, in particular part-time, casual or temporary work, and self-employment.

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