That cheap statement piece comes at a price: the industry has a ‘murderous disregard for human life.’
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We look back to the 2013 Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,124 people and discuss how much — or how little — has changed for garment-worker conditions today.
‘Formidable’ writer and inequality activist Barbara Ehrenreich – author of Nickel and Dimed – has died, aged 81. Barbara Pocock celebrates her legacy.
Zambia’s mining industry is highly unionised but the unions are too weak to protect workers’ interests.
Through their attempts to assist miners with their daily needs, Zambian unions enable lower wages and worse working conditions.
Past research has possibly overstated the likelihood of climbing up the income ladder for low-paid workers.
When the shuttered economy reopens, how many black Americans will be left out in the cold?
Black Americans were left especially vulnerable to the economic impact of COVID-19 and history shows it will take them longer to rebound.
Collective bargaining isn’t enough to revive labor unions.
Unions should move their focus away from traditional collective bargaining and instead embrace new ways to attract new members, such as by offering discounted benefits and engaging in more advocacy.
Low-wage poverty is highly associated with unstable work such as in the informal sector.
Paid employment is no longer a guarantee that workers will earn enough to cover their basic needs and become relatively secure financially. Hence the global phenomenon of the working poor.
She makes it look so easy.
Go beyond the corporate jargon to really understand the freedom and challenges that come with being a digital nomad.
Two experts argue for and against government intervention when it comes to fixing low wage growth.
The RBA argues that it needs to balance financial stability risks against the need to stimulate the economy through lower interest rates. But this has left inflation running below its target range.
If the RBA continues to sacrifice its inflation target on the altar of financial stability risks, inflation expectations and our wages growth will continue to languish.
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The unemployment rate is now at its lowest level in 17 years and is very close to a 50-year low. Does that mean we’re at full employment?
What might be achieved from the proposed walkout is difficult to predict.
Research shows early childhood educators are among the lowest-paid Australians, with some finding better pay in other fields such as night-time retail work.
President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.
Trump touted his administration’s economic successes and laid out his immigration plan in an 80-minute speech to Congress. Our experts weigh in.
Having a bullhorn is nice, but workers need more to elevate their voices.
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Although over 200 CEOs have promised to share windfalls from the recent tax cut with their employers – something the president is likely to bring up in the State of the Union – research suggests workers aren’t holding their breath.
Governments face disruption by the private sector and social unrest unless they embrace new technology. Here, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau meets a robot in Edmonton last May as others look on.
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Government is about to be disrupted by technology in the same manner as major industries. It’s about time.
Is the jobs glass half full or half empty?
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable claims there is no evidence that immigration impacts wages. Is he right?
Imported goods could be partly to blame for low wage growth.
There are two ways that international competition can reduce wages. Both are effects of globalisation.
So many of the factors influencing low wages growth for Australian workers are also an important influence on CEO pay, although not necessarily in the same way.
Data shows that growth in total CEO pay has outstripped average Australian wage growth in every year of the last five years. But perhaps we need to look more closely.
The option of “holding out” for a permanent job looks increasingly risky as these opportunities dwindle.
The costs of casual work are now outweighing the slim benefits in wages (and even those are not as much as they used to be).
An expert in the charity sector responds to Jeff Bezos’s request for advice on how to give his money away.