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Everyone seems to prefer a big punch up. Everyone seems to prefer a big punch up. Flickr/Peacay

Doctors bashing Jeremy Hunt is just a Punch and Judy show

It’s a traditional part of the theatre of health policy for trade unionists to give secretaries of state for health a hard time. The latest example of this was the vote of no confidence in Jeremy Hunt…
Millions of workers struggle on the emerging periphery while those at the core enjoy the benefits of stability and skills. Millions of workers struggle on the emerging periphery while those at the core enjoy the benefits of stability and skills. Shutterstock

Life on edge as new divide ignored

The Fair Work Commission’s recent wage review may have struck an increased pay deal for low-paid workers but its decision overlooks the growth of a worrying new divide in the Australian workforce. With…
David Cameron meets nurses during an NHS tour but the government doesn’t want to introduce mandatory staffing levels. David Cameron meets nurses during an NHS tour but the government doesn’t want to introduce mandatory staffing levels. PA

Finding the golden ratio for hospital nurses

Senior nurses warned this week that the number of patients looked after by nurses has become dangerously high in some hospitals. Quoting research from the University of Southampton, the Safe Staffing Alliance…
With stable jobs in short supply, what does the future hold for Australia’s young workers? With stable jobs in short supply, what does the future hold for Australia’s young workers? AAP

The precariat is recruiting: youth, please apply

The term “precariat” conveys the idea that the old working class, the proletariat, has transmuted into a new social class where work and life are characterised by precariousness and risk. While the old…
People power: organisations can set themselves apart by effectively engaging with their short-term and long-term employees. People power: organisations can set themselves apart by effectively engaging with their short-term and long-term employees. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Short-term gain or long-term pain? Finding HR solutions for a flexible workforce

A recent conference organised by the Australasian Talent Conference, Contingent - the new perm, puts an interesting spin on the need to develop more effective and efficient organisations. Its focus is…
Maintaining workforce participation in older workers has some benefits, but current labour trends are “age unfriendly”. Maintaining workforce participation in older workers has some benefits, but current labour trends are “age unfriendly”. Image from www.shutterstock.com

There’s no silver bullet solution to Australia’s ageing workforce

Welcome to Shades of Grey, a series from The Conversation that examines the challenges posed by Australia’s ageing workforce, Today, Monash University’s Veronica Sheen looks at the sustainability of older…
Technology has already transformed how many of us work and shop - and left unwary businesses behind. Technology has already transformed how many of us work and shop - and left unwary businesses behind. Flickr/Baddog

Megatrends: the world is virtually here

Welcome to The Conversation’s series on megatrends. What are the compelling economic, social, environmental, political and technological changes Australia must grapple with over the coming decades? In…
Technology was supposed to ease the burden of work and increase our leisure time. Instead, it has made it easier to work from home and outside of working hours. Technology was supposed to ease the burden of work and increase our leisure time. Instead, it has made it easier to work from home and outside of working hours. headexplodie

Tool or time thief? Technology and the work-life balance

Welcome to the Future of Work, a series from The Conversation that looks at the ongoing evolution of the workplace. Today, Monash University’s Anne Bardoel looks at technology and the threat it poses to…
Interns should be more than just coffe-gophers … shouldn’t they? Interns should be more than just coffe-gophers … shouldn’t they? flickr/happydog

For love not money: interns and the modern workplace

Last week Reuters reported a former intern at Harper’s Bazaar is suing the magazine’s publisher, Hearst Corporation, saying her internship violated US labour laws because it was unpaid. The intern, who…
The idea that Australians work longer hours than workers from other countries is a myth. The idea that Australians work longer hours than workers from other countries is a myth. Flickr/hongoxl

Time after time: the myth that Australians work longer hours than anyone else

Many economic and social commentators, including the University of Canberra’s Josh Fear on The Conversation yesterday, continue to express concern about the number of hours many Australians spend doing…
Workers are finding it increasingly difficult to leave work on time or enjoy their free time. Workers are finding it increasingly difficult to leave work on time or enjoy their free time. Flickr/Floris M. Oosterveld

You there, make sure you go home on time today (or why Australians do so much unpaid work)

Today is national Go Home on Time Day, the one day of the year that you can work the hours you are paid for and no more – without feeling guilty. Since The Australia Institute first declared Go Home on…
Laws designed to protect domestic workers could also help those trafficked from other countries. Laws designed to protect domestic workers could also help those trafficked from other countries. Flickr/Kara Allyson

How a simple signature can help stop people trafficking and worker abuse

Domestic workers now have greater protection from exploitative employers. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a convention which regulates working hours and prevents violence in the…
Government policies have helped women back to work - but the cost is increased stress. Government policies have helped women back to work - but the cost is increased stress. AAP

Women back at work earlier, but feeling the stress

New data has shown that the number of women returning to the workforce earlier is increasing thanks to improving economic conditions and welfare to work initiatives - but they are also feeling the pressure…

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