jobs figures mask public health issues - 11th April
and Community Politics
latest unemployment figures might look good on a global
scale, but there are also concerns they are masking
serious public health issues.
unemployment rate jumped to 5.6 per cent today due
to the estimated loss of more than 36,000 jobs in
the rise, Australia's jobless rate shapes up well
however, say the figures are disguised by a rapid
rise in part-time and casual work.
latest Bureau of Statistics figures show nearly 500,000
people want full-time work but cannot find it.
to the OECD, Australia has the fourth highest proportion
of part-time workers in the developed world.
Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) president Ged Kearney
says many of these workers are struggling to make
workers can't predict from week to week what hours
they'll work, or how much they'll earn, they struggle
to do basic things like pay rent and bills, let alone
pay off a mortgage," she said.
Denison is one of a growing number of young Australians
who cannot get full-time work.
Denison says he has been a casual employee for the
past seven years.
having applied for over 15 odd jobs in the past 50
days, I haven't been able to secure more than one
interview," he said.
not like I have a poor resume or am lacking the education.
just the bizarre Catch-22 in Australia. Entry-level
jobs demand at least two years' experience and a tertiary
just the bizarre Catch-22 in Australia. Entry level
jobs demand at least two years experience and a tertiary
per cent of Australia's workforce is in insecure work
and 25 per cent of workers are not getting any sick
Blue chief executive Kate Carnell says that is a serious
public health problem.
says it is a leading factor in depression and even
Beyond Blue is noticing is that mental health issues
are continuing to escalate," she said.
year stress claims topped $10 billion and we know
job insecurity, over-work and under-work are contributing
factors to the cost, both personally and to the economy."
Carnell says Australians are also working longer hours
than ever before and that is contributing to work-related
work some of the longest hours in the developed world.
So we have both a very large amount of casualisation
but also some of the longest working hours in the
world, so we've got two sides of the coin," she
and more people are working longer hours and more
and more people are not getting the hours they want
and that needs to be addressed.
statistics we had last year suggested that 2.2 million
Australians don't know what time they'll finish work
when they head out the door in the morning."
work and low pay are key issues the ACTU is highlighting
in its latest campaign for a rise in the award wage.
unions want a $30-a-week increase for those on the
wages of 1.5 million Australians are linked to the
industry groups claim many small businesses owners
are also just surviving.
florist Nicky Mann says she has no choice but to hire
staff on casual or part-time contracts.
I work in a seasonal industry, I need the flexibility
of part-time labour for my business to survive,"
national wage decision will be handed down in early
June. (ABC News)