In their submission to the Fair Work Commission's Annual Wage Review 2018–19, the Council calls for an increase in the national minimum wage, and untying it from the wage relativity structure.
ACOSS's submission to the Fair Work Commission's 2018–19 review of minimum wages discusses the links between minimum wage levels and poverty and equality, arguing for a substantial increase, regular benchmarking and ongoing consultation with stakeholders.
We explore the rise of the so-called “gig economy” through the lens of Uber and its drivers in the United Kingdom. Using administrative data from Uber and a new representative survey of London drivers, we explore their backgrounds, earnings, and well-being. We find that the...
Exploring online and offline informal work: findings from the Enterprising and Informal Work Activities (EIWA) survey
The growing prevalence of alternative work arrangements has accelerated with the rapidly evolving digital platform transformations in local and global markets (Kenny and Zysman, 2015 and 2016). Although traditional (offline) informal paid work has always been a part of the labor sector (BLS-Contingent Worker Survey...
Millions of workers do not have standard work arrangements—permanent jobs with a traditional employer-employee relationship. Rather, they are in temporary, contract, or other forms of non-standard employment arrangements in which they may not receive employer-provided retirement and health benefits, or have safeguards such as job-protected...
Many workers in today’s hourly jobs face schedules that create instability in multiple ways, from inconsistent hours and short notice to schedules decided with little employee input (Boushey & Ansel, 2016; Clawson & Gerstel, 2014; Lambert et al., 2014; McCrate, 2017; Williams & Boushey, 2010)...
This report argues that the time for a reckoning is here. The government must intervene to secure the hard-fought-for right of Australian workers to receive a living wage in return for their labour.
A living wage in Australia’s clothing supply chain: estimating factory wages as a share of Australia’s retail price
This report shows that while many leading and iconic Australian fashion brands are enjoying increases in revenue, the workers making our clothes – the vast majority of whom are women - are trapped in a cycle of poverty.
This article considers the setting and adequacy of the level of the living wage in New Zealand and suggests changes in the way the rate is calculated.