Reports of big university budget surpluses appear to undermine calls for their federal funding to increase. But a closer look at how the surpluses were achieved reveals why change is needed.
The problem of insecure employment for academics came to a head during the pandemic. The neglect of this issue is eroding our intellectual capital along with education and employment opportunities.
Exploitation flourishes because regulators do not routinely detect or punish labour law noncompliance.
Australia’s Fair Work Commission has struck out a legal loophole allowing employers to pay farm workers exploitative piecemeal rates.
More than a dozen Australian universities have been publicly accused of underpaying staff. Some have paid millions in backpay after audits. And a big factor in wage theft is the rise of casualisation.
Research suggests harsher civil or criminal penalties will not automatically lead to greater compliance by employers with workplace laws.
High-end restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has allegedly underpaid staff by $4 million. Our research finds wage theft is accepted as the industry norm.
Employers are blaming underpaying employees on the the complexity of industrial awards. They should blame themselves.
Underpaying workers has become rampant in Australia.
Immigration has featured as an issue in every Australian election since 2001. But the numbers often tell a different story from the political posturing.
As many as half of all temporary migrant workers are being underpaid. After a two-year inquiry, the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce has provided a blueprint to do something about it.
Hundreds of court cases show that companies are using features of timekeeping software to shortchange workers, a few minutes at a time.
The court narrowly ruled that employees who sign arbitration agreements can’t bring class action suits over unpaid wages.
Wage theft and exploitation are rampant in certain industries. Certifying those that commit to fair work conditions could be key to fixing the problem.