A recent study highlights the precarious world of rideshare and delivery drivers during the pandemic, and their struggle to be heard as non-unionised contractors.
In an Australian first, Western Australia has formally recognised the psychological and social stress of insecure work.
House painter Emanuel Chisiya and other jobseekers wait for casual jobs work offers on the side of a road in Cape Town.
Many formal sector jobs are increasingly precarious and poorly paid, meaning that formal work is not an avenue to greater social equality for many people.
Bianca De Marchi
The supply crisis in the meat processing industry was entirely predictable. Employers and the government should have seen it coming.
Unemployed men seek casual jobs from passers-by on a road in Cape Town, South Africa.
Recent developments in the organisation of production have led to the decline of wage employment across much of the world.
Strip away the sexy marketing and what you have is just another digital platform shifting legal responsibilities and risks.
The pandemic home-delivery boom is driving a push to automation and precarious work by Australian supermarkets.
The Fair Work Commission’s ruling that delivery rider Diego Franco was an employee of Deliveroo is a major legal win for Australia’s gig workers.
Food-ordering platform Menulog has declared it will break with the standard contractor business model. But let’s not get too excited yet.
Uber has been forced by the UK courts to treat its British drivers as workers. It will probably require legislative change for Uber’s Australian drivers to be treated as employees.
A personal support worker with West Neighbourhood House’s Parkdale Assisted Living Program on her way to see a resident at Toronto’s May Robinson apartments seniors’ housing on April 17 2020.
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One of the factors that has made COVID-19 so catastrophic in long-term care homes was lack of paid sick leave for low-wage workers.
The federal government’s industrial relations bill will fix a problem that doesn’t exist by making a failed legal argument the law.
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 number of people on zero-hours contracts has increased during the pandemic, but they don’t seem to figure in the chancellor’s recovery plans.
We need a holistic response that considers the systemic reasons that force people to lie about working.
As if work wasn’t taxing enough, now we had to manage family simultaneously.
Juggling work and family becomes all the more difficult when you’re trying to figure out how to work Zoom, and stressing about losing your job.
With the recession exposing more workers to the vagaries of gig work, it’s more urgent than ever to close the legal loopholes that deny workers employment rights.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dangers of unhealthy workplaces and disempowered workers.
Workers who experience job insecurity over several consecutive years become less emotionally stable, less agreeable and less conscientious.
An installation honours victims of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil.
The historically high level of informal work in Latin America will make its recovery much more difficult than elsewhere.