Yesterday, Australia voted.

Date Published: 22/05/2022
Category: Analysis

Yesterday, Australia voted.  And today, Australia has woken up to a new Federal Government.  Last night’s election outcome is a win for workers across the country. But it’s not the end of our campaigning efforts. It’s a new beginning.  Under the Labor Government, led by Prime Minster Anthony Albanese, workers will have a government that…

2021 Throwback: Here’s what unions did in the year that was

Date Published: 13/01/2022
Category: Analysis

Here’s a look back on the year that was, with a view toward the future we can create.

Why teachers in NSW are striking today

Date Published: 06/12/2021
Category: Analysis

Alice Leung is devoted to her job as a science teacher at a school in Sydney’s inner west.

There is no labour shortage, just a properly paid job shortage

Date Published: 23/11/2021
Category: Analysis

There’s a lot of noise from employers at the moment about not being able to find workers. Even with millions of workers returning to the labour force after falling out of work during the pandemic, employers – apparently – simply cannot find anyone to fill vacancies. In response, the Morrison Government has announced this week…

Workers battle stagnant wages and job insecurity while businesses make a profit

Date Published: 10/11/2021
Category: Analysis

The end to lockdowns and restrictions is bittersweet, we can all celebrate seeing our sorely missed family and friends and newfound freedoms, but we would be lying to ourselves if we thought that we were all coming out of this equally. Our frontline workers are exhausted, with 4 in 5 teachers now considering leaving the…

As the Morrison Government courts climate change, the world deserves better

Date Published: 29/10/2021
Category: Analysis Climate Working life

The Morrison Government’s Plan for Australia to reach net zero emissions by 2050, released this week, has been widely criticised domestically and internationally, for it highlights that the Morrison Government is not simply passive or inactive in the face of climate change; it is actively pursuing and facilitating it, and is happy to sacrifice lives, the environment, and the economy in the pursuit of short-term political gain, writes Lauren Piko.

Early Childhood Education and Care isn’t just an “incentive”: it’s essential national infrastructure

Date Published: 22/10/2021
Category: Analysis Working life

The crucial educational, social and economic role of early childhood education and care (ECEC) has been further highlighted over the past two years, as the interruptions of lockdowns and distancing have exacerbated longstanding barriers to accessing free, high-quality, ECEC in Australia, writes Lauren Piko

The federal government must prioritise working people’s financial security

Date Published: 21/10/2021
Category: Analysis

2021 has been a year for breaking grim records. As of June 2020, according to ABS statistics, more Australians than ever are working multiple jobs. In the past, a single income from one decent, secure job was enough to feed, clothe and house a family of five. Around about that time, that one income was…

Reassessing workplace safety is crucial to economic recovery

Date Published: 15/10/2021
Category: Analysis Covid-19 Work Health and Safety Working life

As vaccination rates creep closer to the National Cabinet thresholds for economic reopening in lockdown states, many workplaces are preparing to expand their operations in a new context, writes Lauren Piko