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Changing the legal definition of employee is not enough to ensure the protection of gig workers into the future. AAP / Joel Carrett

How to stop workers being exploited in the gig economy

The crucial question is not whether gig workers are employees or independent contractors, but what rights they ought to have as contractors.
Organized labour held demonstrations in front of Tim Hortons franchises in Ontario in January 2018 to protest the actions some Tim Hortons franchises have taken in response to an increase in the province’s minimum wage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

The issues facing Canadian workers this May Day

May Day is a time to reflect on labour struggles of the past and demands for the future, and Canada's move toward increasing the minimum wage is not enough. Labour politics is about who counts
Unions have campaigned hard against temporary labour provisions in the China Australia free trade agreement. AAP/NewZulu/Alex Bainbridge

Patching the flaws around ChAFTA’s labour provisions

The Australian government has powers it could use to patch the problems around temporary labour provisions in the China-Australia trade agreement.
Unemployed South Africans wait for work outside a factory gate in downtown Johannesburg. A wage subsidy could help reduce the numbers by offering opportunities to school leavers. Reuters

How a wage subsidy can alleviate South Africa’s youth unemployment

South Africa's unemployment figures have been stubbornly high over the past two decades. One policy measure that could help alleviate the pressure is a youth wage subsidy.

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