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Centrelink queues shocked Australians but long before COVID-19 Western Sydney had job-poor neighbourhoods with very high unemployment rates. Loren Elliott/AAP

Recession will hit job-poor parts of Western Sydney very hard

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%.
Uber’s loss of its licence to operate in London signals uberisation is not an unstoppable force. Job insecurity, though, is on the march. Will Oliver/EPA

Uber might not take over the world, but it is still normalising job insecurity

We need to see uberisation in the context of all forms of precarious and insecure work becoming more acceptable.
Uber has sparked protests around the world. It is seen as exploiting its own drivers and harming those employed in regulated taxi industries. Justin Lane/AAP

Uber drivers’ experience highlights the dead-end job prospects facing more Australian workers

Many Uber drivers do their job because the alternatives are worse. It's an unhappy work choice faced by an increasing number of Australians.
Finance capital is calling the shots and one of the many consequences of this is increasingly insecure employment. jijomathaidesigners

Finance drives everything — including your insecurity at work

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.
People who work in the black economy come from industries as diverse as horticulture, retail, cleaning, construction and childcare. www.shutterstock.com

What it’s like to be a ‘black economy’ worker

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. KATE AUSBURN/AAP

Precarious employment is rising rapidly among men: new research

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%. Dave Hunt/AAP

Workers are actually feeling less insecure in their jobs

Data show that people don't feel more insecure in their jobs now. In fact, that feeling is decreasing.
Farm workers hired through labour hire contractors are vulnerable due to Australian law. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Australian dream a nightmare for many labour hire employees

With another fruit picking season in Australia have come the usual reports of “dodgy” labour hire contractors operating in farms around the country. Italian satirical news program Striscia recently picked…

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