Our research suggests the majority of retail workers – and casual workers even moreso – are being forced to take unpaid leave for COVID-related reasons.
Black Friday, Christmas, and other ‘shopping events’ take a toll on the temporary workers hired to get purchases to consumers.
As the gig economy and precarious work become more prevalent, there’s a growing need for some form of universal income support to help these workers.
Proposition 22 keeps workers for app-based companies like Uber and Lyft classified as independent contractors, but it also reveals deeper problems with contemporary labour markets.
People in precarious employment are hit hardest by economic shocks.
The Federal Court of Australia has rejected the notion workers can be employed as ‘permanent casuals’.
With the support of universities, PhD graduates working beyond the academy could bring their knowhow into PhD seminars or classrooms to help current students expand their career horizons.
An upcoming study on workers in the gig economy suggests the future of work may be a lonely and uncertain one for many workers.
Frustration at intergenerational inequity captures the views of many contemporary education worker activists and environmentalists alike.
Mark Zuckerberg may try to minimise their concerns, but Facebook moderators and other online workers are beginning to organise for their own protection.
Academics on casual contracts often feel vulnerable and of lower status than “permanent” staff members. They can minimise their exploitation as if it’s part of the authentic academic experience.
Front-line workers employed both inside and outside of the classroom are an integral part of schooling, yet we deny their work conditions are relevant to quality education.
Ontario’s Conservative government, despite its “for the people” slogan, is repealing basic protections for the province’s most vulnerable workers.
No longer can young people invest in their education and work their way into secure employment. The health impacts of this job insecurity are profound.
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.
Most workers are still employees, not casuals or gig workers. So what has changed to increase the insecurity of workers?
There is very little evidence that overall labour market insecurity is getting any worse. Trends are stable for rates of casualisation, churn, self-employment and multiple job holders.