New research released today by the Centre for Future Work has shredded the Morrison Government’s overblown claims about its job creation record.
The report, What’s a Million Anyway has found that job creation under the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government has in fact been weak – 8th of 12 in five-year periods dating back to 1958.
The Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison government has the worst job-creation record of any government in the last 60 years that did not have to navigate a recession or a major financial crisis.
The research further revealed that nearly half the jobs created under the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government were part-time, at a time when many people working part-time desperately need more hours to stay ahead of the rising cost of living.
The number of hours worked under the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government fell to a 30-year low with an average of only 20 hours per week of work available to the 14 million-odd people in the labour force.
Insecure work has also risen during this period, with typical jobs created under the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government being ones in which working people have fewer rights, reduced available hours and inadequate job security.
This has all occurred at a time when wage growth is at near-record lows, with working people struggling to win fair pay rises that stay ahead of the cost of living.
Quotes attributable to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus:
“Working people need fair pay and more secure jobs so we can plan and live decent lives.
“This report shows that in the last five years, many new jobs have been insecure, as once-permanent roles are casualised.
“It also shows that nearly half of all new jobs have been part-time, and we know that a lot of people working part-time need more hours.
“For Scott Morrison to stand up and boast about an historically poor record, at a time when working people need more secure work is disgraceful.
“We also know that wage growth has been at near-record lows under this government, whose only solution is the failed fairytale of trickle-down economics.
“We need to change the rules so working people have fair pay rises that stay ahead of living costs, and more secure jobs.”