Working life

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

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/10/22/ecec-is-essential/

Reassessing workplace safety is crucial to economic recovery

Date Published: 15/10/2021
Category: Analysis Covid-19 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

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/10/15/reassessing-workplace-safety/

Cutting Disaster Payments early proves economic harm is a choice

Date Published: 08/10/2021
Category: Analysis Working life

The Morrison Government’s mismanagement of the pandemic continues with plans to cut COVID payments, writes Lauren Piko

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/10/08/cutting-disaster-payments/

Unions speak out as Morrison chooses nuclear submarines over public health and climate action

Date Published: 01/10/2021
Category: Analysis Working life

Unions have spoken out against Morrison’s nuclear submarine deal, setting out safe and peaceful alternatives, writes Lauren Piko

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/10/01/unions-speak-out-against-nuclear-submarines/

“Essential workers” or just “essential work”? The cruel risks of automation in a pandemic

Date Published: 24/09/2021
Category: Economic recovery Job security Working life

As big companies move towards automation for profit, we must ensure essential workers are not treated as expendable, writes Lauren Piko

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/09/24/cruel-risks-of-automation-in-a-pandemic/

Australia must follow through on its commitments to global vaccine equity

Date Published: 17/09/2021
Category: Analysis Working life

Australian support of a vaccine waiver is bringing us closer to vaccine equity, but the Government must follow through, writes Lauren Piko

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/09/17/global-vaccine-equity/

Impact on healthcare workers overlooked in a pandemic defined by numbers

Date Published: 10/09/2021
Category: Analysis Working life

Healthcare workers are the irreplaceable heart of our healthcare system. They must be better supported through the surge in COVID cases, writes Lauren Piko.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/09/10/healthcare-workers-overlooked-in-a-pandemic-defined-by-numbers/

[email protected] must be the starting point

Date Published: 03/09/2021
Category: Analysis Working life Working women

This week, the Senate debated a partial, incomplete and cherry-picked list of recommendations which were drawn from the Sex Discrimination Commission’s [email protected] report, published over a year ago.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/09/03/respect-at-work/

Unstable work and wages: a product of political will

Date Published: 31/08/2021
Category: Analysis Working life

Last week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics published their employment and wage price index for the June quarter. We take a look beyond the numbers.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/08/31/unstable-work-and-wages/

Stay at home? Housing must be considered in public health and economic recovery

Date Published: 20/08/2021
Category: Analysis Working life

Addressing the inequalities in Australia’s housing market is essential to our economic recovery, writes Lauren Piko

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/08/20/housing-must-be-considered-in-economic-recovery/