The paper "Gender Transformation in Australia" is a good example of a management case study. In Australia, a lot of focus has been put on the distribution of men and women in the workplace. Imbalances are still widely experienced despite the government’ s efforts to eradicate this problem. Over the years, Women in Australia have achieved important milestones but there are still large gaps when it comes to areas of wealth, superannuation, income and paid and unpaid work. The participation of women in the workforce has increased by over 10% to 58.2% (World Bank 2011).
However, the gender gap is still significant, and there is still a lot of work to ensure gender equality. Importantly, women in Australia today are more likely to work in occupations that require highly qualified skills than before. Moreover, 35% of women in Australia are professions or associate professionals compared to 29% of men. The major advances by women have however not reduced the wage gap. Women are paid lower compared to men, and both men and women of the same level and skills are paid differently. Women empowerment has been a term commonly used.
Sweetman ( 2001, 08) suggests that empowerment is commonly misunderstood, while others saying it is women’ s access to money while others say it is women’ s control over money. Explanation of the chosen topic Gender transformation examines the problem of gender inequality that has affected the Australian labor force over the years. According to McDonald, Peter and Siew-Ean Khoo (2003, 158), women and discrimination in employment have has been widely debated over the years as they have been discriminated when it comes to employment opportunities. Women have been victims of violence especially in the workforce, poorly paid and have been under-represented in leadership positions.
These inequalities have been due to harmful gender stereotypes and myths that need to be changed. This paper will examine employee relations in a particular industry in Australia, giving reasons for choosing that particular industry. The paper will then analyze employee relation changes that include compliance and legislative changes from both the employer’ s and employee’ s perspective. The paper will further discuss the impact of these Employee relations changes from both the employer’ s and employee’ s perspective.
Finally, the paper will analyze the effectiveness of these changes within the Australia employment climate. Description of the industry The paper will focus on the mining and construction industry. However, there are some industries such as the gas and utilities sector that are also dominated by men. The mining and construction industry is notorious for gender segregation. Fatalities are common in these industries with the number of deaths rising every year and poor working conditions is the order of the day. These industries have proven to be challenging for women advancement.
The industry is preferred because the talent management systems are pro-male bias that leads to only the recruitment of male individuals. These industries tend to be dominated by men that allow for masculine stereotypes to be used in the selection process. Due to the reliance on masculine stereotypes, women have often found excelling in these industries a difficult task.
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