Talking Point: Fair Work decision hits hardest where we’re already hurting – McKell Institute

Helen Polley citing The McKell Institute’s report into the Fair Work Commissions penalty rates decision for Tasmania’s The Mercury.  Extract The Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates is a huge blow to the pay packets of Tasmania’s most vulnerable and lowest-paid workers. I don’t think anybody ever expected that the Fair Work Commission … [Read More] Talking Point: Fair Work decision hits hardest where we’re already hurting – McKell Institute

National Employment Standards Need an Overhaul: Former Fair Work Commissioner – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Anna Patty The employment safety net needs a wide-ranging overhaul and minimum rates of pay should be cut in order to help solve youth unemployment, says former Fair Work Commission vice-president Graeme Watson. In in his first public appearance since resigning last month, Mr Watson used a speech at the Centre … [Read More] National Employment Standards Need an Overhaul: Former Fair Work Commissioner – Sydney Morning Herald

Australia’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.9% with 6,400 Jobs Lost in February – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Gareth Hutchens Australia’s unemployment rate rises to 5.9% with 6,400 jobs lost in February | Business | The Guardian The total number of Australians in work fell, against market expectations, but full-time employment rose by 27,100. Australia’s unemployment rate has hit a 14-month high, rising to 5.9% in February, widely … [Read More] Australia’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.9% with 6,400 Jobs Lost in February – The Guardian

Connecting People with Jobs: Key Issues for Raising Labour Market Participation in Australia – OECD

SUMMARY Giving people better opportunities to participate actively in the labour market improves well-being. It also helps countries to cope with rapid population ageing by mobilising more fully each country’s potential labour resources. Weak labour market attachment of some groups in society reflects a range of barriers to working or moving up the jobs ladder. … [Read More] Connecting People with Jobs: Key Issues for Raising Labour Market Participation in Australia – OECD

Young workers expect their older colleagues to get out of the way – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michael North There are many names for the narratives pitting the older generation against the younger: Gen-Y versus Baby Boomers, “Generation Me” versus “Generation We,” and unfortunately my research demonstrates that the younger generation do see the older generation as competitors. My findings show overall that younger people have certain expectations … [Read More] Young workers expect their older colleagues to get out of the way – The Conversation

Work After Age 65: A prospective study of Australian men and women – Australasian Journal on Ageing

ABSTRACT Objective: This study describes hours in paid work for Australian men and women aged over 65, focusing on associations between work and education. Methods: Data were analysed separately for men and women, from baseline and first follow-up surveys of the 45 and Up Study. Generalised estimating equation models were used to identify associations between work, education … [Read More] Work After Age 65: A prospective study of Australian men and women – Australasian Journal on Ageing

Social Embeddedness, Formal Labor Supply, and Participation in Informal Work (US) – International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ABSTRACT Purpose – This study analyzes data from the first-ever national-level study of informal work in the United States (U.S.) to test two prominent points of focus in the literature: how participation in informal work relates to social embeddedness and formal labor supply. This paper also provides a comparative test of the factors associated with exchange-based … [Read More] Social Embeddedness, Formal Labor Supply, and Participation in Informal Work (US) – International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother’s food choices and strategies – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT Recent changes to Australia’s welfare system have affected low-income single parent families, with many moved on to an employment seeker’s payment (a reduced payment) when the policy change made them ineligible for a family payment. To explore the impacts of this policy change, in-depth interviews were conducted with 23 low-income single mothers across Australia. … [Read More] Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother’s food choices and strategies – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Platform labor: on the gendered and racialized exploitation of low-income service work in the ‘on-demand’ economy – Information, Communication & Society

ABSTRACT How does one value something one cannot and often does not want to see? How do contemporary digital platforms and their infrastructures of connectivity, evaluation, and surveillance affect this relationship between value and visibility, when it is mediated through the problem of labor as at once a commodity and a lived experience? And how … [Read More] Platform labor: on the gendered and racialized exploitation of low-income service work in the ‘on-demand’ economy – Information, Communication & Society

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Shirley Jackson The Fair Work Commission decided to cut Sunday and some public holiday rates of pay across the hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food industries for full time, part time and some casual workers. This will hit young people the hardest as research tells us that while a third of … [Read More] Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Nick Toscano and Anna Patty Hundreds of thousands of Australians who work on Sundays will have their take-home pay slashed after a landmark ruling by the national workplace umpire. The Fair Work Commission on Thursday morning announced Sunday penalty rates paid in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries will be … [Read More] Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Record employment not helping working-age families avoid poverty, new research shows (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Extract from an article by David Kingman David Kingman looks at the findings of a new piece of research into the living standards. Since the “Great Recession” began in 2008, one of the biggest successes of the UK economy has been the so-called “jobs miracle”, which has seen the number of people in some kind of … [Read More] Record employment not helping working-age families avoid poverty, new research shows (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Job insecurity cuts to the core of identity and social stability – and can push people towards extremism – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Eva Selenko and Chris Stride “Will I lose my job in the near future?” For most people this is an unpleasant scenario to ponder, and for many it is a real and pressing concern. Since the financial crisis, more than half of all jobs created in the European Union have been through … [Read More] Job insecurity cuts to the core of identity and social stability – and can push people towards extremism – The Conversation

Welfare States and Labour Market Change: What is the Possible Relation? Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT Welfare states in many countries have, at least since the financial crisis, been under strong pressure from high levels of unemployment. We are expecting dramatic changes to labour markets. This article first presents the various arguments as to why there have or have not been substantial changes to labour markets, and whether there might … [Read More] Welfare States and Labour Market Change: What is the Possible Relation? Social Policy & Administration

Fighting back against the gig economy (UK) – Red Pepper

Extract from an article by Mags Dewhurst The couriers’ branch of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain is taking a claim to employment tribunal, which, if successful, could not only revolutionise employment for cycle couriers but has huge implications for everyone who wants a fairer jobs market. The claim is against four of London’s largest … [Read More] Fighting back against the gig economy (UK) – Red Pepper

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