Holden Caulfield's Ethical Approach

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On 10th December 2013 General Motors announced that Holden would cease engine and vehicle manufacturing processes in Australia by the end of 2017. As a result, 2900 jobs will be lost and suppliers to Holden will undoubtedly struggle. Many have questioned the ethical principles behind the decision to culminate manufacturing one of Australia’s most iconic brands, especially through the perspective of an employee. However, through further investigation of implemented systems one can assume that this difficult decision was made with Utilitarian motives. There are many alternate interpretations of what constitutes ethical behavior. Ethical theories and principles are the fundamentals of ethical analysis because they are the perspectives from which…show more content…
This approach evaluates the ethical aspects of any decision on the basis of whether it is equitable for everyone affected. The principle of justice could be described as the moral obligation to act on the basis of fair adjudication between competing claims. As such, it is linked to fairness, entitlement and equality. In health care ethics, this can be subdivided into three categories: fair distribution of scarce resources (distributive justice), respect for people’s rights (rights based justice) and respect for morally acceptable laws (legal justice) (Gillon, 1994). Alperovitch et al.…show more content…
It would be considered unethical to leave these employers with nothing. Therefore, in order to lessen the impact upon the employees whose jobs will be lost, Holden managers have implemented various systems such as counseling, career counseling, training and job-search assistance. These systems have been made readily available to all employees and will be able to be accessed after Holden has shut it’s doors. Voluntarily redundancy as well as a severance package has been offered to all employers as per the Australian Government’s Fair Work Standards. The applications of these systems evidently demonstrate that the workers rights were taken in to account. The workers have been treated impartially and fairly according to guiding rules and standards and therefore one can assume these implications are principles of a justice view in ethical

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