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…

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…