The ACTU will release the results of a major study of workforce trends at the ‘Future of Work’ conference in Sydney today.
The study, carried out by ACCIRT (Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research & Training),
raises important questions for all workers which will be discussed by a line-up of social and industry experts attending the conference.
“The main findings of the study show that Australia’s prosperity has increased as a result of a more open economy but a majority of workers are not sharing in the newly created wealth,” said ACTU Secretary Greg Combet.
Some of the trends highlighted in the report show:
real wage growth throughout the 1990s
and part-time jobs
secretaries and cleaners. Middle income jobs declined.
over a year
19% of all claims in 6 years
“Employers are reaping the benefits of greater job flexibility, but this flexibility isn’t being extended to workers who also need to plan and balance their lives. We need new, fairer standards to underpin casual, part-time and short term contract work,” Mr Combet said.
The Future of Work report will be released at a news conference today at 12.45pm, Level 8, Merchant Court Hotel, Market St, Sydney 2000 by ACTU Secretary Greg Combet, ACTU President Sharan Burrow and ACIRRT Deputy Director John Buchanan.
Read ACTU Secretary Greg Combet’s speech to the Future of Work conference.