The practice of ‘casual’ employment has become a means to foster insecurity and low power, depriving many workers of leave under the guise of an alleged need for flexibility.
The Morrison Government has picked up its weapons again, with an industrial relations bill that will tip the scales further against employees.
Centrelink queues shocked Australians but long before COVID-19 Western Sydney had job-poor neighbourhoods with very high unemployment rates.
Western Sydney's growth-driven boom had ended before COVID-19 hit. Some neighbourhood unemployment rates were 2-3 times the metropolitan average, with female workforce participation as low as 43%.
The spread of coronavirus highlights the urgent need for housing for people who have nowhere to live.
Uber’s loss of its licence to operate in London signals uberisation is not an unstoppable force. Job insecurity, though, is on the march.
We need to see uberisation in the context of all forms of precarious and insecure work becoming more acceptable.
Academics in precarious employment struggle to feel a strong sense of self.
Academics on casual contracts often feel vulnerable and of lower status than "permanent" staff members. They can minimise their exploitation as if it's part of the authentic academic experience.
Uber has sparked protests around the world. It is seen as exploiting its own drivers and harming those employed in regulated taxi industries.
Many Uber drivers do their job because the alternatives are worse. It's an unhappy work choice faced by an increasing number of Australians.
Though best remembered for her role in the doomed German Revolution, Rosa Luxemburg's theories on how capitalism exploits people and nature need hearing today.
Kenya Red Cross workers transport emergency relief supplies to flood victims in Tana River County.
The security of local aid agency workers on the front line hasn't been prioritised.
Finance capital is calling the shots and one of the many consequences of this is increasingly insecure employment.
Less secure jobs are just one aspect of the rise of finance capital. It's a driver of increasingly uneven income distributions and corporate priorities that are now putting our future at risk.
Underemployment and stagnant wages may be strong signs of worker insecurity in the face of relentless cost-cutting.
Most workers are still employees, not casuals or gig workers. So what has changed to increase the insecurity of workers?
Many footballs originate in the homes of women in one Pakistani region.
The Pakistani women who make the majority of the world's high-quality soccer balls belong to one of the most vulnerable groups in the global economy.
People who work in the black economy come from industries as diverse as horticulture, retail, cleaning, construction and childcare.
The black economy is more common than we think – how many of us have paid tradies, gardeners or cleaners cash without the exchange of relevant paperwork?
Agriculture, forestry and fishing, and arts and recreation services are much more precarious for their employees.
Despite relatively stable and low levels of unemployment, workers are increasingly concerned that their jobs are at risk.
Since 2001, the proportion of full-time workers who believe they will not be with their current employer has been stable at about 7.5%; and the rate for part-time workers has decreased from 15.5 to 12.6%.
Data show that people don't feel more insecure in their jobs now. In fact, that feeling is decreasing.
Can basic income become a worldwide policy?
The arguments for an universal basic income have emerged from a rising disillusionment in classic economics and expectations of more security.
External pressure has led to delivery giant, Hermes, being referred to the chief tax man over whether or not its workers should be classified as 'self-employed'.
People finishing tertiary education can now expect to take 4.7 years on average to find full-time work.
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Young people's transition to work is prolonged and highly precarious. An entry-level job becomes a career, savings become subsistence, weekend shifts become lifelines. It doesn't have to be this way.
The gig for you?
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Australians are used to casual work, but there's not yet any evidence the gig economy is taking off.
The US minimum wage is currently US$7.25 an hour, but workers are fighting for it to be US$15.
Australia doesn't have many of the employment problems still troubling OECD countries, but structural unemployment is one.