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…

The travails of the future

The Trepalium TV series*  produced by Arte France creates a confronting view of a future society based on a huge divide between the 20% employed, the insiders, and the 80% unemployed, the outsiders, who live impoverished lives as outcasts on the other side of the wall in the Zone. The outsiders also include anyone with some kind of incapacity…

Inequality and workforce casualisation – a Piketty perspective

Over the last 2 weeks, I have twice been asked for commentary on workforce casualisation.  The first time for the ABC’s Canberra morning program (20 June) and Tuesday night (5 July) between 10 and 11pm, for the ABC’s Nightlife program broadcast nationally. This extended session was undertaken with Melbourne University’s Professor Mark Wooden and included talkback from listeners. The podcast…

Discrimination report misses the mark on workforce change

A version of the following post is published in the Right Now journal of human rights.  The recently released report of the Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability helps to keep the issues of discrimination in the spotlight. This report does well in documenting the extent and experience of discrimination. It…

Standing up for rights

11 May update – a version of the following post incorporating the 3 May Budget changes is published on the Power to Persuade social policy website. The original 27 April post is here: In April, I attended the conference Solving Our Employment Crisis  organised by the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union (AUWU).  The conference consisted of speakers in leadership roles from various organisations…