Last weekend's edition of The Saturday Paper featured an in-depth analysis by journalist Mike Seccombe, dissecting the Coalition government's attempts to scapegoat welfare programs for Australia's labour market and fiscal problems. The article included several statistics from the Centre for Future Work, as well as from our colleague Richard Denniss (Chief Economist at the Australia Institute). With decent paid work increasingly hard to find, it's no wonder the government targets income-support payments for working-age Australians: there are both political reasons (shifting blame) and a perverse economic logic (reinforcing the compulsion on desperate workers to accept any job, no matter how insecure or badly-paid) behind the government's strategy. Here is a link to the full article.
In today's chronically depressed labour market, workers will go to unprecedented lengths to find and keep a job -- even agreeing to work for free! ABC's RN program Future Tense recently explored the rising prevalence of unpaid work in Australia's economy, including staying at work after hours, taking your work home with you (such as e-mails that never stop), and unpaid internships.
The program features an interview with Centre Economist and Director Jim Stanford on the economic causes, and consequences, of unpaid work. Access the interview here (click "Download Audio" to hear the show). ABC Online also published a news story based on the program, available here.
You know that the tides of public opinion are starting to turn, when even the head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Mr. Rod Sims, will come out in public and criticize the usual claims that privatization is good for efficiency and national well-being.
Our Director Jim Stanford recently spoke with Unions NSW about this surprising development, and the general flaws in the argument for privatization. Here is the video!
Regardless of who wins the Federal election, the major issue facing Australians is the future of work.
There are startling and credible predictions that more than five million Australian jobs will simply disappear in the next 15 years, as a result of technology. That's 40% of the jobs that exist in Australia today.
The Centre for Future Work spoke to Four Corners about insecure work and what's coming down the pipeline for workers.
A new report from the Australia Institute shows that on a range of measures, the performance under the current government has been worse than that under Gillard, write Greg Jericho.
Jim Stanford talks to Fran Kelly about the Centre for Future Work's new report 'Manufacturing (still) matters' on Radio National Breakfast.Read more