||Issue No. 265||27 May 2005|
Hit and Myth
Interview: Fortress NSW
Unions: Fashions Afield
Industrial: Pay Dirt
Politics: Infrastructure Blues
History: Big Day Out
International: Making History
Economics: The Fear Factor
Review: The Robots Revolt
Poetry: The Corporation's Power
The Locker Room
One Hell Of A Job
US Fan Mail
Aussies Longer and Harder
There has been a 50% increase in employees working 50 hours a week or more over the last twenty years, with long hours now standard for two out of every five full time employees.
The research by Dr Iain Campbell, Senior Fellow at the RMIT University's Centre for Applied Social Research, is to be published later this year in French journal, Revue de l'IRES.
It shows that Australia has become an "extreme" example of working hours, with working hours moving in a direction that flies in the face of most other OECD nations.
The disturbing trend is that much of the overtime being worked is now unpaid - researchers have sheeted this home to a direct product of creating insecure jobs and using fear to motivate people in the workplace.
Researchers have called for better regulation of working hours.
Unions have pointed out that planned the planned Federal IR revolution will only make the situation worse.
"The issue of working hours has galvanised the union movement from day one," says Unions NSW secretary John Robertson. "Unions formed around the issue of the eight-hour day. Union activism saw working hours progressively decline throughout the twentieth century."
"All of this has been placed under threat by a surge in working hours driven by deregulation of the labour market."
Things Fall Apart
The growing issue of excessive hours will be examined at a special seminar being hosted by Unions NSW.
It brings together leading experts in the fields of ethics, family, work and social research to examine the effects of an increasing workload on society.
The seminar, Things fall Apart: What is work doing to families and community, is set down for the 3rd June 2005 at the Australian Museum Theatrette, College Street, Sydney
For more information, or to RSVP, contact Neale Towart at Unions NSW on 9264 1461, or email [email protected]
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