Can the great divides be bridged? OECD Forum 2017 and the G20

The OECD Forum Bridging the Divides which I attended 6-7 June in Paris was in some ways an extraordinary event broaching some of the most challenging issues of these times. With so many losers from global capitalism and the immense pressures this has placed on political systems around the world, the Forum was certainly timely. The…

The later pension age strengthens inequality

In this article, just published in the Economic and Labour Relations Review, I examine the barriers for mature age women trapped in precarious jobs of continuing on in employment until the later pension eligibility age in Australia (67) and other countries (67-68) that are now coming into effect. I also report on how the later pension…

Manufacturing jobs – can we get them back?

The promise to restore manufacturing jobs, and the communities that depended on those jobs, was pivotal to Donald Trump’s presidential success. Turns out there is massive support for the revival of manufacturing in Australia too. But what does this mean and is it possible?  My new article for Open Forum explores what might be involved.…

Australian women’s employment: an overview

The following tables give a good overview of current gender inequality in the Australian labour market. These tables are embedded in the paper I gave at the ILO conference on the future of work last year. They show the high concentrations of women in just 6 of the 17 industry sectors, the high levels of the…