Casualisation

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Feb 19 2013 00:58
Casualisation

ACTU report on casualisation: http://www.actu.org.au/Images/Dynamic/attachments/7626/Lives%20on%20Hold.....

"Over the past few decades – despite strong and sustained economic growth – we have seen a worrying and dramatic rise of insecure work in Australia. Today, only about 60% of workers are in full or part-time ongoing employment; the rest – some 4 million workers – are engaged as casuals, on short-term contracts, in labour hire, or as “independent” contractors.

Insecure work leaves a large section of the workforce not sharing in our national economic prosperity. They have inferior rights, entitlements, and job security to their counterparts in ongoing employment. It makes it tough for working families to plan for their future when they cannot rely on regular incomes, but have rising household costs, and are shouldering more and more household debt.

The rise of insecure work in Australia is the result of a business model that shifts the risks from the employer to the employee. Australian unions do not believe a strong, prosperous economy must come at the expense of quality jobs, of respect for workers’ rights, and of workers exercising some control over their working lives."

Nice to know that the ACTU is concerned that workers should exercise some control over our working lives (as opposed to just control).

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Feb 23 2013 14:36

Anarchists worth their salt should really be making this kind of thing front and centre of their organising strategy in my humble opinion. Not quite as sexy as sitting around in your clubhouse talking about Spain '36 and slagging off those failing to reach the dizzy heights of your own revolutionary purity or what have you perhaps, but arguably necessary in terms of positioning ourselves to be relevant to and building bridges with the average Australian worker.