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…

Inequality in the spotlight

Update – 10 November – An edited version of the post is published on the Open Forum website. With my reading of Piketty’s Capital earlier this year and a related post on casual employment, it was very rewarding to see Professor Thomas Piketty in person at the Melbourne Town Hall on 28 October – and to listen to…