The 2006 AIRAANZ conference, to be held in Adelaide, has as its
theme ‘21st Century Work: High Road or Low Road?’.
The theme may seem to suggest a clear choice. On the one hand,
highly skilled and highly paid jobs that are safe, secure and satisfying
in highly profitable industries; on the other hand, low-skill, low-pay
jobs that are unsafe, insecure and unsatisfying in marginally profitable
industries. In fact, we believe, the reality of 21st Century work
is a complex mix of these positive and negative characteristics.
There is variety amongst countries, within countries, and even within
single industries or firms. The conference organisers invite you
to explore the complexities of 21st Century work to consider what
sorts of industrial relations are desirable, likely, or necessary
as we move on in the new century.
In addressing these issues, the organisers are keen to foster an
inclusive and expansive approach to the submission of papers. To
this end we particularly encourage papers:
- from Postgraduate Research Students as well as from established
- of an interdisciplinary nature and from scholars in other disciplines
who are interested in the world of work;
- with an international focus, particularly with reference to
Special interest groups within AIRAANZ are invited to organise
complementary events on 1 February.
We look forward to receiving papers dealing with all aspects of
work and industrial relations. We are sure that Adelaide and its
three universities will provide a vibrant and stimulating environment
for the 2006 conference.