The Australia Institute’s new report on work-life balance shows the Abbott Government and business lobby push to make people work longer for less is at odds with what working Australians want.
ACTU President Ged Kearney said the findings of the Walking the Tightrope report were shocking but it is unsurprising that hardworking Australians are ‘donating $110 billion in free labour each year’.
“We know that job security is the number one issue for Australians,” Ms Kearney said.
“We also know that when workers don’t feel secure in their job they will feel pressured into doing unpaid overtime.
“How can we talk about being a country with an 8-hour day or 4 weeks annual leave if 40% of our workforce doesn’t have that because they are in insecure work, such as casual or contract positions.”
Ms Kearney said the report is further proof that the Abbott Governments workplace reforms will cut penalty rates, slash rights at work and undermine job security deliver for business at the expense of working people.
“Mr Abbott’s has a clear anti-worker agenda that attacks basic workplace rights,” Ms Kearney said.
“Today’s study shows Australians are already struggling to maintain work-life balance – yet Tony Abbott’s is running a calculated plan to strip away workers’ rights and wages.
“The Government has no mandate for these changes. It’s an attack on the rights of millions of Australian workers that goes way beyond what was flagged at the election.”