History suggests the new NZ government’s pledge to cut budgets and jobs in the public sector will cost more in the long run – and damage morale in the process.
Data labellers across the world are keeping AI on track, but struggling to make ends meet themselves.
Tech firms are relying on low-wage workers to power their AI models. That raises serious ethical questions about how the technology is being developed.
The embattled airline may be forced to compensate almost 2000 workers as a result of the ruling.
There is presently no end in sight to the drug supply shortage.
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The shortages, which have been going on for years, have typically affected only low-cost generics rather than profitable brand-name drugs.
For-profit care homes are increasingly synonymous with children being placed far from their homes.
The growing use of external consultants to do government work has led to a “hollowing out” of the public service.
Care services should be about providing our most vulnerable citizens with safe homes.
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State-funded schools are not allowed to be operated as profit-making entities. So why are children in care being accommodated by for-profit companies?
Few Australian companies have been as harsh as Qantas in dealing with employees through the pandemic.
‘Contracting out’ government functions for delivery by the private sector has become the standard way of doing things across all levels of government in Australia.
Many hospitals outsource services to specialized companies.
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Outsourcing is common in many hospitals. But when health care systems outsource certain clinical tasks to separate companies, costs can go up, quality of care can fall and patients can be harmed.
Dutch mobile operator KPN was warned in 2010 that Huawei could snoop on millions of its customers’ calls.
Domesic workers in South Africa continue to be neglected.
The outsourcing of domestic work contributes to the race, class and gender stereotypes of domestic work. It has neither elevated the status nor improved the working conditions of domestic workers.
Many of our cleaners have neither the time nor the resources to do the job properly, yet some do the job really well. The difference points to a way forward.
Queuing up after power shortages.
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Late trains, anxiety, stressful commutes, disruption to family life – just some of the woes of train customers.
Australia’s Fairwork Ombudsman found wage theft in 45% of its audits In food services.
Underpaying workers has become rampant in Australia.
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.