In Victoria in 1992, every government-employed school cleaner was terminated overnight.
Public schools in some states outsourced their cleaning services to private companies as part of a neoliberal experiment starting in the 1990s. This has had a host of impacts, including on students.
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A recent damning report on probation shows the need to reassess outsourcing by the public sector.
Automation has replaced workers in mining and industry, including the steelworks at Port Kembla, but most Australians are more worried about jobs going overseas.
Most Australian workers are fairly relaxed about their own job security, but they do worry about the risks of poor management and outsourcing to cheaper labour.
The Transforming Rehabilitation strategy was meant to have charities at the centre of it. But they’ve been pushed to the margins.
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New research shows how the charity sector has been sidelined in the Transforming Rehabilitation programme.
Is it time to stop outsourcing?
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Problems at government contractor Capita and the collapse of Carillion are part of the same story of outsourcing gone wrong.
Hard hats at the ready.
Does 21st century corporate logic contain the seeds of its own destruction?
Taking back control only means something if you've got the money to deliver on your promises.
Where are all the people in this factory?
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The Industrial Revolution led to centuries of social and economic upheaval. Are economists telling us not to worry about workplace automation because things will be better in a couple hundred years?
Should government perform any tasks listed in the Yellow Pages?
Governments have come to realise that no one sector acting alone has the capacity or capability to solve complex social policy problems.
Australia has a higher proportion of inmates in privately operated prisons than any other country.
Recent developments in the US suggest it might be time for Australia to rethink its reliance on private prisons.
Focusing on the jobs we lost may not be the best way to do this.
Instead of trying to bring back the old economy jobs that have been lost, the U.S. should focus on training Americans in the new skills that will be needed in tomorrow's economy.
All three leading GOP candidates have plans to change the H-1B visa program, though in different ways.
The H-1B visa, created in 1990 to bring in specialized foreign workers, is in desperate need of reform. Where do the candidates stand?
Students protest outside one of the University of Cape Town’s main administration buildings.
Students and academics are fed up with the situation at South Africa's universities. One way to improve conditions is for universities to be run as institutions of learning – not big businesses.
There are a lot fewer workers on the assembly line today. And it’s not just car manufacturing that has seen jobs lost to automation.
If you leaving school today to embark on a career, what should you study to protect your job from automation and outsourcing?
The Department for Education’s proposal that for-profit companies could provide child protection services and other statutory functions for families caused a major public uproar this spring – and the furore…
India and the Philippines want to be known for more than their global call centres.
When Qantas wished to outsource some of its engineering operations in the 1990s it came to a compromise with the unions - the 767s would be done in-house, and the 747s outsourced. Decades on, clashes between…
There’s a worldwide push to outsource activities previously left to the state.
The awarding of a A$1.22 billion contract to Transfield Services to run the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres is yet another example of a government handing over responsibility to other parties…
You can make it, if you try…
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Something strange, or perhaps rather unexpected, has occurred over the past few years: the media and politicians alike have been highlighting the strength of British manufacturing. Stranger yet, perhaps…
No more plain sailing.
Earlier this month, the Serious Fraud Office started a formal criminal investigation into Serco and G4S, who are accused of overcharging for electronic tagging contracts. Today, Serco issued a profit warning…
“Hire-A-Hubby” outsources household maintenance in Australia; will we see outsourcing of emotional services in the near future?
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Would you feel comfortable paying someone to write the greeting cards you give to your loved ones, or toilet training your child, or pretending to be a new friend to your elderly father by taking him on…