Workers without borders: The rise of temporary migrant labour

ABC Radio National Earshot programme highlighting the shift in the Australian labour market away from permanent to temporary labour migration. From the programme:  “The introduction of 457 visas was a bipartisan policy conceived by the Keating government and implemented under John Howard to plug skills gaps in the labour market. The visas are used in many […]

UNPAID INTERNSHIPS: OPPORTUNITY OR EXPLOITATION?

Right Now: Human Rights in Australia article on the rise in unpaid internships in Australia. They ask what distinguishes an intern from an employee: ‘A prominent issue recently came to light in a landmark case before the Federal Circuit Court, where Melbourne-based media organisation Crocmedia was fined $24,000 for not paying its interns because of the […]

Worker sacked for disabling app that tracked her 24/7?

News article in Ars Technica covering an on-going law suit in which an employee claims they were sacked shortly after they disabled the Xora app that allowed her employer to track her movements both on and off the job. “Arias’ attorney, Gail Glick, said in a Monday e-mail to Ars that the app allowed her client’s “bosses to […]

New article: What Are Post-Fordist Wages?

Lisa Adkins, ‘What Are Post-Fordist Wages?  Simmel, Labor Money, and the Problem of Value’ in a 2015 special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly on Rethinking Money, Debt, and Finance after the Crisis (eds) Melinda Cooper and Martijn Konings. Abstract  In a context of wage repression, indebted labor, and a pervasive gap between what labor earns and what […]

ABC Radio: Rear Vision – History of Australian Industrial Relations

The Productivity Commission, the Australian federal government’s advisory body, is currently carrying out a comprehensive review of Australia’s workplace law. The working arrangements Australians used to encompass everything from wages to tea breaks. As Keri Phillips reports, the system is uniquely Australian. Listen to ABC Radio’s Rear Vision: ‘Bosses and Workers in Australia’ Broadcast April 2015.

Not just here for the money

Short Cuts by Paul Myerscough in the London Review of Books tackles Pret a Manger’s recent sacking of a worker at a London outlet. Was it for being insulting or for forming a union? “Work increasingly isn’t, or isn’t only, a matter of producing things, but of supplying your energies, physical and emotional, in the service of […]

Zero Hours Contracts in Four Charts

The Guadian datablog has broken down UK zero hours contracts into four charts: age, gender, education and length of time in job.  The blog notes: ‘The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are an estimate of people who are employed on zero hours contracts in their main employment, and come from the Labour Force […]

“Do feminist accounts of austerity, women and inequality need to be rethought?”

Originally posted on feminist review:
In our latest special issue on ‘the politics of austerity’, Lisa Adkins asks “What can money do?“. In light of the financialisation of the economy, what does it mean for feminists to put their faith in the redistribution of resources (such as money) to deliver justice? Read on for a…

Intern Aware fights for paid internships

​i-D magazine interviews campaigner and co-founder of Intern Aware Ben Lyons on the subject of paying interns a minimum wage. Lyons outlines how unpaid internships exclude those who can’t afford to work for free. He also notes that ‘research shows that paid internships are more likely to be high quality internships and are more likely […]

Department store uses volunteers to help out during sale

Finnish department store Stockmann has been criticised by the Service Union United (PAM) on its plans to use volunteers to help out in its Tampere store during its bi-annual Crazy Days sales in late March. News outlet YLE reported that “Stockmann responded by saying that the volunteers only provide help with some tasks, like unpacking boxes – and do not […]